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SFA give backing to Novo switch

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The Scottish Football Association on Friday opened the door for Nacho Novo to play for Scotland.

The Rangers striker has revealed he would "probably" switch allegiance from Spain if called up by George Burley, and the SFA have said they would not stand in Burley's way if the 29-year-old was to successfully apply for UK citizenship.

Novo has spent the last eight years playing in Scotland, enough time to represent the country under FIFA rules, and an SFA spokesman said: "In the case of Nacho Novo, at present he does not hold a British passport and is therefore not eligible to play for any of the home nations. If that situation were to change then he would be considered like any other player."

The spokesman added: "While our priority will always be to invest in home grown talent, if the manager wants to pick a player who is eligible and who he thinks will do a job for Scotland then he should always be allowed to do so."

Novo has said he would seriously consider accepting a call-up.

"If the SFA want to speak to me about it then of course I would be very interested in playing for Scotland," he told the Daily Record. "After all my time here, I feel as if this is my home now.

"People have told me before that I could qualify for Scotland but no-one from the SFA has spoken to me about it so it's not something I've had to seriously consider.

"Maybe a few years ago it would have seemed a little strange but now, after eight years in Scotland, I feel as if I am part of the country.

"My kids are Scottish and everyone here has treated me so well throughout my time here that I consider myself to be at home here.

"So if someone from the SFA was to ask me about the possibility of playing for Scotland then I would probably say yes."

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