McCulloch expects difficult return

Tue, 23 Feb 14:50:11 2010

Lee McCulloch is braced for a Tartan Army backlash to his Scotland recall if he takes to the field against Czech Republic next Wednesday.

Rangers midfielder McCulloch, who has 15 caps, could make his first international appearance for almost two and a half years in the friendly at Hampden, which is Craig Levein's first game in charge. McCulloch, 31, and Ibrox team-mate Kris Boyd controversially made themselves unavailable for selection under former manager George Burley.

McCulloch told the Daily Record: "I realise some of the fans won't be happy to see me at Hampden and I totally understand their position. But this is not about Lee McCulloch - this is about Scotland and a new start for the whole country."

He added: "The manager has asked me to be a part of that and I was never ever going to turn him down.

"If I get a bit of stick from the supporters, then so be it.

"But I like to think most people will understand the country is in something of a predicament at the moment.

"And the new manager has a massive job on his hands to turn us around.

"For that reason alone, I would like to think we are all in it together."


Not already a Yahoo! user ? to get a free Yahoo! Account