Pressley - Scots' spirit is good
Steven Pressley is confident Lee McCulloch's retirement has not affected morale in Scotland's squad.
Last Updated: 09/09/08 1:03pm
Scotland assistant boss Steven Pressley is confident Lee McCulloch's international retirement has not affected morale in the squad.
McCulloch confirmed his decision on Monday, with the Rangers forward outlining his intention to concentrate on his fitness and playing at club level.
But there had been reports that McCulloch's retirement from the Scotland setup was due to an unwillingness to play under manager George Burley.
Pressley, though, has moved to quell suggestions that there is disharmony in the squad following a stuttering start to Burley's tenure.
"It's not disruptive at all. Lee made his decision and we respect that," said Pressley.
"The team spirit is very good, so there are no fears about that.
"It's a young side who get on well and there is definitely good spirit in the camp."
Hibernian striker Steven Fletcher, who has joined up with the squad ahead of Wednesday's 2010 World Cup qualifier with Iceland, backed Pressley's assertion.
Fletcher said: "There is a club atmosphere around the camp and it's a good atmosphere to be part of.
"The boys have looked well in training and this is an opportunity to put three points on the board, and hopefully we do that."