Weir determined to seize chance

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David Weir has endured more than his fair share of disappointments in a Scotland shirt - but that has only made the veteran defender all the more determined to finish his international career on a high.

The Rangers stalwart may not have many more miles left in his 38-year-old legs but that will not stop him running through a brick wall to ensure his country ends its decade-long failure to qualify for a major tournament.

"We enjoyed a great run and had so many fantastic results but in the end could not qualify (for Euro 2008) and that game against Italy at Hampden still hurts. "It was so disappointing but this is the next chance for us and we all want to take it."

Weir missed out on the captaincy for Saturday's game, with manager George Burley opting for youth over experience in the shape of Manchester United's Darren Fletcher.

But the defender would be happy simply to add to his 62 caps.

"Obviously, I would be over the moon to play for Scotland again this weekend," he said.

"All the games are massive at international level and to play in front of a packed Hampden on a Saturday afternoon is a very special feeling.

"It's a really big match, a difficult match, against a good side so we will need to play very well if we are to take three points."

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