Retiral from international duties?
I was trying to avoid using this blog for ranting on about personal crusades or issues.I was certainly trying to avoid debating religion, politics or football but here goes a political footbal rant:
I am very passionate about sport, I love watching and taking part although the taking part is becoming less and less of the contact variety! Some of you may say I always played a pretty low contact form of rugby…thanks!
In my dreams as a boy I played for Scotland at football and rugby, OK in my dreams I play for Scotland at football and rugby. So many of us have those dreams and the closest we get is getting emotional at Flower of Scotland in the East stand and going through the bitter sweet rollercoaster that is watching Scotland, Beating France-getting beaten by Macedonia. Beating England getting beaten by Italy.
What is it like to be out there in the blue strip? How good must that feel? Or maybe coming up through representative and age groups sides it feels like a natural progression. I hope not, I hope at 100 caps you still get butterflies and feel the responsibility of representing your nation!
So how could anybody turn the opportunity to represent your national side down? How can players at 30 years old decide to retire from the national side? If you are lucky you will have 4-5 years more left, in exceptional cases eight, hats off to Davie Weir. Is the fact that you miss a few more games per season really going to lengthen your club carreer by one more season? Would you want it to? Do you need it to?
I was interested to read Pat Nevins column on Sunday concerning the retiral of Lee Mculloch. He felt the same way. NO WAY would you choose not to play !! Pat states he is still available for selection even with his dodgy hips! Well so am I Pat but I reckon you will still be in front of me for selection even with the metal hips!