Tom only Cairs for Scot­land

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Peter Grant in­sists Fulham ace Tom Cair­ney is fully com­mit­ted to Scot­land and that he WON’T switch al­le­giances to Eng­land.

The mid­fielder has yet to fea­ture in a com­pet­i­tive game for Scot­land, which has alerted Eng­land gaffer Gareth South­gate to his avail­abil­ity.

But Scots No.2 Grant worked with Cair­ney at Craven Cot­tage and is con­vinced he wants to wear dark blue af­ter be­ing in con­tact with him.

De­spite re­turn­ing to fit­ness for Fulham, Scot­land gaffer Alex McLeish left Cair­ney out of his squad for the Na­tions League games against Al­ba­nia and Is­rael.

But Grant be­lieves Cair­ney will even­tu­ally be­come a big player for the na­tional team.

He said: “I’m con­vinced Tom is still com­mit­ted to Scot­land, ab­so­lutely 100 per cent.

“The big­gest prob­lem he’s had is with in­juries and we feel he just needs to get a run of club games.

“There’s no doubt­ing his talent, we know he has the quality.

“Un­for­tu­nately we’ve not seen the best of him yet.

“But he’s pos­i­tive about Scot­land and I know his dad is des­per­ate for Tom to play for Scot­land. Peo­ple were talk­ing about Eng­land which is nat­u­ral due to how he was play­ing.

“But for me he has been keen to come and play for Scot­land since he was a kid when he came up for the Un­der-21s.

“Now he’s on his way back at Fulham and hope­fully he’s got a big fu­ture with us when he’s fully fit.”

One player who won’t play for Scot­land again is Crys­tal Palace mid­fielder James McArthur who has re­tired from the na­tional team at 31 due to fears over a back in­jury.

Grant said: “It’s heart­break­ing. Peo­ple for­get in­ter­na­tional foot­ball is two games in quick suc­ces­sion and a lot of the boys can’t do that.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed about James be­cause he would have been a big player. But it’s more dis­ap­point­ing for him be­cause he wanted as many caps as he could get.”

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