ROBSON STILL AVAILABLE FOR SCOTLAND
Barry Robson will have no qualms about making the 9,000-mile round trip from Vancouver to continue his international career with Scotland.
The 33-year-old midfielder has ended his time with Middlesbrough and will move to Vancouver Whitecaps next month.
Robson missed out on Scotland's post-season trip to the United States which finishes with a friendly match against the USA in the early hours of Sunday morning because he is at Largs this week taking the Scottish Football Association's A coaching License.
However, when the 2014 World Cup qualification campaigns starts in September, he is ready and willing to fly across from Canada and back if Craig Levein still needs him.
"I am still available, of course I am," said the former Celtic and Dundee United player. "To go out and play at Hampden when the fans are singing Flower of Scotland - you are going to travel from anywhere.
"For that feeling, just to play for your country, it doesn't matter where you are, of course you want to play.
"If I was playing well over there, I would like to have a chance of playing for my country.
"I still think I can. I managed to play quite well last season in the Championship and picked up a player-of-the-year award.
"So it doesn't mean I am finished by any manner of means, I am still here and available."
Robson has made Levein aware of his plans for the future.
He said: "I am doing my A license and as everybody knows and I am going away to Canada for a couple of years.
"I won't have another chance to do this so I wanted to do it this summer.
"I spoke to Craig Levein about it and he was very supportive, as he normally is, and told me to go and do it, as it is important and I am thoroughly enjoying it.
"I don't know (if he would have been in the USA), you would need to ask the manager that, but I would like to think so.
"As I said, we had a discussion, I know him well and we have a great relationship.
"So if my country ever needs me I am always going to be here."
Robson is looking forward to the new challenge of Canada.
He said: "The league over there is strong, you are getting crowds of 20,000 to 30,000 and it is a good standard with top players.
"But it was a family decision, it was something that appealed to me and my wife and children.
"I just thought about finishing my career playing in a terrific league like that - although, maybe I won't be finishing my career there.
"I am there for two and half years and I might be all right after that so I will see how I am.
"I think we will really enjoy it."
Robson believes Scotland have a "good" chance of qualifying for a major tournament for the first time since the 1998 World Cup in France.
"I think we have learned a lot from the last campaign," he said.
"The manager has done well with the squad, he has given some young players the experience they needed and we can really look forward to this coming campaign.
"I think you will see an even bigger improvement from the last one."
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