Whittaker wants trio back in fold

21 November 2009 10:00
And the Rangers full-back - capped four times by George Burley - has urged the sacked manager's successor to recall all three of them despite their chequered history with the national team.[LNB]Boyd refused to be considered for selection while Burley remained at the helm after being left on the bench for a goalless draw against Norway - the same match debutant Chris Iwelumo infamously missed a sitter in.[LNB]Ferguson and McGregor were then banned from representing Scotland for their involvement in the "Boozegate" affair and their subsequent gestures to photographers while on the bench at Hampden.[LNB]However, the Scottish Football Association have confirmed all three could play for the nation again if selected by the new manager.[LNB]"They are three big names and three great players with great ability," said Whittaker.[LNB]"I'm sure whoever gets the job will take that into consideration and I'm sure the boys who are in the squad just now would welcome them back."[LNB]Whittaker was not involved in last week's 3-0 defeat in Wales which proved to be Burley's last act as Scotland manager but admits every single player must take responsibility for his sacking.[LNB]"The boys who were selected for the games didn't do as well as we could have done and that was a big part of George losing his job," he said.[LNB]"The players themselves have to take some responsibility for not performing. Why that was, it's hard to put your finger on.[LNB]"It's important when the new manager comes in that the players have a good relationship with him.[LNB]"The whole country really needs to get behind us and hopefully we can push on and start qualifying and winning games."[LNB][LNB]

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