Black baffled by boo boys

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Ian Black was booed playing for Scotland on Wednesday

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Ian Black was booed playing for Scotland on Wednesday

Rangers midfielder Ian Black was surprised and disappointed to be jeered on his Scotland debut after coming on as a late substitute in the 3-1 victory over Australia.

The former Hearts midfielder, whose last game for the Gorgie club was in the 5-1 Scottish Cup final win over Hibernian, was booed on to the park by a section of the Easter Road crowd and his every touch was met by a mixture of cheers and jeers.

Black's inclusion in the squad proved controversial given his move to the Irn-Bru Third Division to link up with Rangers.

He said: "It's disappointing that it's your so-called home fans but you put it down to maybe where we are playing tonight.

"It is a surprise but I've had that a lot throughout my career so I'm used to it and just get on with it.

"It doesn't faze me, I think if you let that faze you it's going to affect you in the long run so you have got to be big enough to get on with it.

"I'm big enough to get on with it and I've proved a few people wrong there by getting the opportunity."

Black's Rangers team-mate Lee Wallace was omitted after manager Craig Levein said it would be difficult to pick Rangers players in the circumstances, although Black's selection came amid injuries to a number of midfielders.

The 27-year-old's inclusion was also unpopular with some given his combative approach to the game but he was unclear why he was targeted.

"It could have been a bit of everything, but I'm big enough to get on with that and nothing was going to get in the way of me coming on tonight and enjoying every minute of it," he said.

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