Peat calls for Burley backing

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Scottish Football Association president George Peat has told any players considering following Kris Boyd into international exile to get behind manager George Burley.

Boyd told Burley he no longer wanted to play for him after again being left on the bench for Saturday's goalless World Cup qualifier, and joined Lee McCulloch who retired from international football at the age of 30 last month.

And with some reports claiming that more players are to follow Peat said: "We've heard these stories, but the players are the manager's responsibility and they are the ones that have got to respond to him."

The Hampden-based official criticised the timing of Boyd's announcement, hours after Scotland had suffered a disappointing blow in their World Cup qualifying campaign.

"He is entitled to his opinion, but from my point of view the timing was very bad," Peat said.

"I've been in football for 30 years, and it doesn't matter what team you are associated with - people who don't play every week are always unhappy."

While Peat criticised the timing, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond felt that was the key to Boyd's decision.

And the Scottish National Party leader called for the Rangers striker to reconsider his decision.

"I think it's disappointment speaking," said Salmond, who was at Hampden to announce a sponsorship deal for the Scottish Cup. "We are all Scotland fans, I'm a Scotland fan, I was here on Saturday, and just think how you felt on Saturday night.

"But I've got a feeling that's disappointment speaking and when he gets time to reflect on it, and put things in perspective, then he will perhaps come to a different conclusion."

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