Weir hits back after Burley slur
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Veteran defender David Weir has hit back at Craig Burley's claim that some of Scotland's players were "too thick" to understand his uncle George's coaching methods.

On Tuesday 17 November, the nephew of the sacked national-team boss lashed out at those he feels were partly to blame for the former Heart of Midlothian and Ipswich Town manager's demise.

But Rangers captain Weir, a former Scotland team-mate of Craig and one of 52 players used during Burley's ill-fated 22-month reign, had this to say: "I find that a ridiculous comment to make and 100 per cent untrue. Someone with Craig's experience at the top level should know better."

"Professional players aren't in the game because they lack the intellect to do anything else. We're fortunate to be in the game and we appreciate that, but to say we're thick is an insult. We wouldn't be international players if we were too thick to understand what the game's about."

Meanwhile, Weir's Ibrox team-mate Kevin Thomson has called for whoever becomes the new Scotland boss to bring Allan McGregor and Barry Ferguson back into the fold.

Ferguson and McGregor were hit with lifetime bans for making gestures at photographers during April 2009's FIFA World Cup™ qualifier with Iceland, days after indulging in an early-hours drinking session at the team hotel.

"If Scotland want to have any success they really should have their best players playing. Greegsy (McGregor) is a top guy. What he did, he knew was wrong and he apologised for it," said Thomson. 

"Everyone in life, whether you are a footballer or in any line of work, should be given a second chance. It's the same for Fergie (Ferguson). If he was invited back, I'm pretty sure he would be honoured and take that opportunity."