Clarke refusing to chase retired players
Scotland boss Steve Clarke says he will not follow other managers and ‘chase down’ players who have retired from international duty.
Clarke was appointed on Monday after signing a three-year deal following a successful spell with Kilmarnock in the Scottish Premiership.
The 55-year-old was chosen as Alex McLeish’s successor after helping Killie finish third in the top flight, the Ayrshire club’s highest league finish since 1966.
He will now turn his attention to qualifying for Euro 2020 and appears unlikely to try and chase down the likes of James McArthur, Allan McGregor and Scott Brown, who have all retired.
The former Chelsea assistant coach says he will speak to some players who recently pulled out of squads but insists he is happy to work with the current crop.
‘The door is open to everyone.
If players have retired, they have to un-retire themselves,’ Clarke said.
‘If they want to come back to the fold they have to get in touch with myself or the Scottish FA and say they want to make themselves available.
‘I won’t be chasing down players who have retired.
I only want players who are 100% committed to Scotland.
‘The ones who have maybe pulled out of a squad a little too easily, it’s down to me to have that conversation with them, to sell my vision of what we’re going to do as a national team and how we’ll approach this tournament.
‘A burning ambition of mine is to take Scotland to a major tournament.
It should be the pinnacle of any players’ career to get to a World Cup finals with their country.’