Scotland players keen not to abuse Craig Levein's trust

Two members of Craig Levein's playing squad have praised the Scotland coach for his decision to allow the players the "opportunity to relax".

Winger Kris Commons and Chris Maguire are with the national team in a training camp in Spain ahead of their friendly against Brazil.

"It's nice to come here, have a game of golf and a few drinks," said Commons.

And Maguire said of Levein: "He has given us the trust, we want to respect that and I think everybody has."

A ban on players consuming alcohol while with the national team was introduced by the previous manager, George Burley, after indiscipline at the team hotel.

This was assumed to still be in place, but news of a supposed easing of the ban was disputed by Levein earlier in the week. "I didn't mention alcohol at all," he said.

Instead, Levein was keen to point out that he was "in a position with this group of players where there is mutual trust", adding that there had been no situations with the squad that had given him cause for concern.

However, his comments have been interpreted as meaning that he will allow players to have the occasional drink during the trip as they prepare for the contest against Brazil at the Emirates Stadium in London.

Celtic forward Commons told BBC Scotland in La Manga: "It's one of those niggly parts of football.

"I've been with a lot of managers who have been very strict and very professional and want to keep it all out the way.

"I've been with other managers who let you loose a little bit. You need your spare time, you need that trust thing, but it only goes so far.

"Hopefully, if we have can do the business on Sunday then it can continue."

And the former Derby player added: "Craig Levein is probably looking at it from when he was a player. Maybe this is the sort of thing that he liked to do.

"He is definitely stamping his authority on the squad and how he likes things done."

Meanwhile, Aberdeen striker Chris Maguire was pleased to have been afforded a bit of leeway but is confident that his team-mates would not overstep the mark.

"It's up to the boys: if they want to have a drink, they can do that now," he said.

"Up to now, it's been fine, it's been calm, I don't think anyone has abused it."

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