I had to put my family first – Ferguson

The midfielder was banned from international selection in April

2009 for his role in the “Boozegate” affair but was offered the

opportunity to return by Scotland boss Craig Levein. However,

Ferguson this week informed Levein he had no intention of playing

for his country again. He told the Herald: “The main reason, as far

as I am concerned, is to spend more time with my family and stay

true to a promise I made them when I signed for Birmingham City.

“When I moved down to England, it was on the understanding I’d be

coming back up the road during the international breaks to spend a

week or possibly two weeks with my family and that is the way

things have worked out up until now. “The second reason is that I

want to continue to give my best to Birmingham. “Alex McLeish was

the man who put his neck on the line when he signed me and I want

to repay his faith by making sure I’m as fit as I possibly can be

and that means not playing an additional five or six games for my