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Pressley questions Scotland selection policy

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Irn Bru First DIvision - Falkirk FC v Ayr Utd FC
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14/01/2012 pic lisa ferguson fhs Irn Bru First DIvision - Falkirk FC v Ayr Utd FC Westfield Stadium steven pressley

FALKIRK boss Steven Pressley can’t believe members of his Bairns squad have been over-looked for Scotland call-ups.

Though keeper Michael McGovern has been called up to the Northern Ireland squad, there are no Falkirk players in the national under-21s squad for the upcoming match with Holland.

And Pressley was incredulous that Murray Wallace, Kieran Duffie and Stewart Murdoch were all snubbed in favour of players based in the SPL.

“There’s something wrong with the system,” he said.

“It’s quite amazing looking at the under-21s squad, that no Falkirk players in there.

“Do they just take guys from the reserve teams?

“I find it remarkable that I have players who’ve featured in more than 30 games this season, and when I look at the under-21s squad I’m seeing names in that squad of players who haven’t played in first team games for months.”

Falkirk haven’t been over-looked entirely by the national set-up though with Craig Sibbald and Kyle Turnbull involved with the under-17 training camps, and Stephen Kingsley at under-18s.

And Pressley hailed McGovern on his call-up.

The Falkirk number one could feature at Windsor Park against Norway next week and earn his second international cap.

“It’s terrific news, terrific for Michael, and thoroughly deserved.

“He was on inspired form against Dundee again - and that’s typical of him recently.

“It is great news for him and adds prestige to the entire club.”

Team-mate Jay Fulton agreed the call-up was merited

“It is thoroughly deserved, he’s been brilliant all season and keeps us in games all the time. His saves have been turning points in most games.” Fulton told Heraldsport.

“The rest of the boys haven’t heard much and that’s a surprise because there are good players here.

“I’m disappointed too but I don’t think about it too much. It’s someone’s opinion and you can’t do anything to change it except your best. Hope I can keep going and doing well and it might come.

“If we do well with the club Scotland’s a nice bonus.”

 

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