Vancouver's Barry Robson wants more Scotland caps

Barry Robson

Canada-bound Barry Robson has no plans to retire from Scotland duty, insisting he is "still available".

Former Celtic midfielder Robson leaves Middlesbrough this summer to join Vancouver Whitecaps.

"If I was playing well over there, I would like to have a chance of playing for my country," said the 33-year-old.

"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."

Robson won the first of his 17 caps during his spell at Dundee United in 2007, when current Scotland coach Craig Levein was manager at Tannadice.

Levein left the midfielder out of his squad to face the United States this weekend to allow him to complete his move to Vancouver but stressed that the move to Canada would not rule him out of future international recognition.

"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," said Robson.

"I know him well and we have a great relationship. So, if my country ever needs me, I am always going to be here.

"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.

"So it doesn't mean I am finished by any manner of means. I am still here and available."

Currently sitting his A coaching licence back in Scotland, Robson believes the standard of the Major League Soccer will keep him in good shape for international football.

"I won't have another chance to do this, so I wanted to do it this summer," he said, pointing out that he had rejected a new contract at Middlesbrough.

"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.

"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."

Robson is also optimistic about Scotland's chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup.

"I think we have learned a lot from the last campaign," he added.

"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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