Cuellar seeks recognition

Spaniard eyes call-up to national side

Cuellar: Fine debut season

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Carlos Cuellar could not hide his delight after being named the player of the year in the Scottish Premier League, but regretted that nobody from the Spanish Football Federation had congratulated him.

The Rangers star was awarded the prize after a superb first season at Ibrox following his move from Osasuna last summer in which he has helped the club to the verge of a unique quadruple of trophies.

While he has received all the plaudits in Scotland, Cuellar admitted that he would have liked some recognition from back at home because he felt the award represented Spain.

"There has been no call. Nobody has contacted me," Cuellar told Marca.

Whether his form for Rangers can win him a late call-up to Luis Aragones' Euro 2008 squad remains to be seen, but Cuellar knows it will be a hard.

"I do not think that the doors are closed to me, but I do think it is a lot more difficult to be called up," he added.

Reflecting on his award as the SPL's best performer, Cuellar was delighted for himself and because Rangers are enjoying such a successful campaign.

Proud

"The truth is that I am very proud. It is very difficult to win this award and it is recognition of the great year I have had. I should also thank my team because they have played a huge role," he continued.

"We are still in every competition and I am playing regularly. I have played in the Champions League and we can still win the UEFA Cup.

"The coach has shown real confidence in me since I arrived and I tried to respond with my best.

"We have already won the League cup, we are well placed in the league and in the Uefa Cup we are one step from the final. It will be very difficult, but we hope to win the lot.

"The team was very positive after the first game against Fiorentina and I truly think that we can go to Italy and win."

Difference
After a year in Scotland, Cuellar was able to explain his views on the main differences between the Premier League and La Liga.

"I think that the Spanish league is stronger than the Scottish one because in Spain there are stronger teams. They are quite different from each other," noted Cuellar.

"It is always Rangers and Celtic at the top playing for the title. Nevertheless, there are always three teams going for the Uefa Cup places making life difficult.

"I came here feeling excited and I had real confidence that I could adapt to the game here. It is different to the Spanish game, but I am completely integrated in Scotland.

"Training is very different to Spain because here there is a restaurant and they prepare buffets for you. It is all a lot more comfortable."