Birmingham City midfielder Barry Ferguson is content that he has made the right decision in not coming out of international retirement to play for Scotland again.
The 32-year-old had been asked by new head coach Craig Levein if he would consider a return to the fold, but opted against that course of action to focus on his career with the Blues.
He told the Daily Record: "It has not been an easy decision for me to make, but I feel I have done the right thing.
"There was a danger that, by returning now, I would have started a media frenzy and it would have been a distraction for the rest of the boys and the manager. That would not have helped anybody.
"Yes, it is hard to say no to Scotland because it hurts not to be involved with the national team. But I believe in fate and things happen for a reason.
"I want to enjoy my time here at Birmingham, but I wish Scotland all the best."
Ferguson played 45 times for his country, before being banned by the SFA for a night of drinking while on duty with Scotland in April last year.