Barr shocked by call-up
Defender thought call-up was a wind-up
Last Updated: August 12, 2008 2:02pm
Falkirk defender Darren Barr admits he thought his call-up to the Scotland squad was a wind-up.
Barr was named in George Burley's squad for next week's friendly with Northern Ireland after impressing at Falkirk over the last 12 months.
The 23-year-old admitted he was surprised by the call-up, but is determined to grasp the opportunity of establishing himself in the Scotland set-up.
"I actually found out [about the call-up] when the physio told me I was urgently needed by the gaffer, so I thought I had done something wrong and I was waiting for a caning so I was delighted when he told me," Barr told Sky Sports News.
"I could not believe it, I thought it was a wind-up at first so I am very surprised."
ThanksBarr also paid tribute to Falkirk boss John Hughes and his team-mates for helping him to make the breakthrough into the international fold.
"I think I have improved as a player, but I think a lot of it is down to the gaffer and the player around me they have helped a lot.
"It is a big opportunity for myself. I just have to go there, keep the form for my club and I don't know what to expect, if I am being totally honest, so just go and hopefully do my best."