Novo: Scotland call would be 'an honour'

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Nacho Novo has reiterated his desire to play for Scotland by revealing he is even learning the national anthem.

Rangers' Spanish striker hit the headlines last week by claiming he would probably accept a call to represent his adopted country.

The Scottish Football Association confirmed Novo, who has lived in Scotland for seven years, would be considered for selection if he successfully applies for a British passport.

And national team boss George Burley this week refused to rule out picking the 29-year-old, although he warned care had to be taken over adopting nationalised citizens.

Novo admits he grew up dreaming of representing his native Spain but insists it would be an "honour" to play for Scotland.

He said in the Daily Record: "I came from a small team in Spain and Scotland gave me the chance to be where I am now.

"I was asked a simple question about playing for Scotland and I gave an honest answer. When I was young, my dream was to play for Spain but that hasn't happened.

"I have been in Scotland for many years now. My family is Scottish as well.

"It would be an honour for me to pull on a Scotland jersey. My girlfriend has already been teaching me the words to Flower of Scotland."

Novo made it clear that if he does become a British citizen, he would not expect to walk straight into the Scotland side.

He said: "There is no point in me just getting a passport which I don't have at the moment. I have to play well.

"If I pull on the jersey of the Scotland team I will do my best for them as well. There is a great future for Scotland. I'd be happy to be part of the team."

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