Who didn’t see this coming?
Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith says Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor could return to the national side.
The Rangers pair were told they would not feature for Scotland again after making V-sign gestures from the bench before April’s 2-1 win over Iceland.
But Smith told BBC Scotland that the pair could be recalled if manager George Burley felt it was merited.
“There could be some sort of spirit of reconciliation,” he said. (BBC Sport)
Now this is a surprise isn’t it and flies somewhat in the face of previous claims about the pair’s life ban from the national squad. Just in case you were in any doubt that the bans were intended to be forever look at this statement from the 3rd of April from SFA.
“In light of the events of the past 48 hours, and following further discussions between the national team manager and the chief executive, it has been decided that Barry Ferguson and Allan McGregor will no longer be considered for international selection by Scotland,”
So if you read this quote from an SFA spokesman you would surely be under the impression that the ban would last more than one single qualifying match? So now the SFA look like idiots without little or no power or very little backbone!
Now whether you think the original punishment laid down on the pair was excessive, and personally I thought this was very much a case of all concerned making a mountain out of a molehill, this embarrassing turn around just looks pathetic.