Levein plans trio talks
Hiatus could end for exiled three
By Danny Wright. Last Updated: January 3, 2010 1:49pm
Levein: Way back for trio
Scotland manager Craig Levein has said he will hold talks with Kris Boyd, Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor before his side's 2012 European Championship qualifying opponents are announced.
The trio are believed to be considering bringing an end to their international exiles, leading Levein to reveal he will meet with the players to discuss their futures with the national team.
Ferguson and McGregor were handed lifetime bans by the Scottish FA in April after the pair flicked V-signs at photographers while on the bench for a World Cup qualifier with Iceland.
The duo had been dropped after an early-hours drinking session at the team's hotel, but have since had their punishments revoked.
Boyd, who surpassed Henrik Larsson as the Scottish Premier League's all-time top goalscorer with five goals in Rangers' 7-1 thrashing of Dundee, refused to play under former manager Craig Burley.
Levein said: "I haven't spoken to them as yet. I've spoken to their managers and my intention is to get round and meet all the players.
"I will be speaking to everybody over the next six weeks or so, hopefully before the draw for the Euros in February."
Despite the controversy surrounding the three, Levein said he was willing to put the past behind him as he looks to begin a new legacy as Scotland manager.
The Tartan Army failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa under Burley, and the former Southampton boss was dismissed following a 3-0 humbling against Wales in a friendly match.
Levein insisted he was more focussed on the future though, and revealed his desire to get involved in the development of youth players at the SFA.
Scotland's failure to reach the World Cup raised question marks as to whether the squad is good enough to qualify for Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine, and Levein said that he needed the players to be united in order to turn things around.
He added: "Whether they've been treated badly or they haven't, I'm not really concerned about that.
"You don't have to have the best talent to win football matches. It's more important to have a good team work ethic; if everyone can gel and work together then everything is possible.
"It's a good time to be taking over because expectations are pretty low for the national side.
"You're better taking over at a time like that because there's so much room for improvement."