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Rangers McCulloch wants to end Scotland exile

Lee McCulloch has told Scotland coach Craig Levein he is ready to end his self-imposed international exile. The Rangers midfielder quit the national team in September 2008 while George Burley was in charge.

The 31 year old told the Sunday Mail: "If Craig Levein wants to select me for next month's squad against Czech Republic I'd be delighted.

"I think I have something to offer, although not for a minute am I suggesting I should be starting games.

"But if Craig thinks I'd be a good addition to his squad then that's good enough for me. I'd just like to make myself available for selection again."

He continued: "Let me clear one or two things up. I never retired from Scotland - I just asked not be considered. There is a difference.

"George Burley took over from Alex McLeish and I never felt part of his plans. I got the impression he wasn't interested in me, didn't fancy me as a player.

"But I'm not 100% sure about that because he never spoke to me.

"At that time I wasn't playing well for Rangers and I wasn't happy within myself. I was frustrated and things at club level were getting on top of me.

"I felt it was best to pull out of the Scotland set-up because my career at Rangers was in danger of going downhill rapidly.

"It was a time to concentrate on myself and be totally selfish. I owed that much to myself and to Rangers."

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