MM: Up to pair to sort feud

Wolves striker Fletcher controversially texted the Scottish

Football Association in February to say he no longer wished to be

selected for international duty. The highly-publicised withdrawal

developed into a stand-off between Fletcher and Levein, and while

there have been hints of a possible reconciliation the former

Hibernian striker was not in the Scotland squad for Friday night’s

friendly in Cyprus. McCarthy, who played for and managed the

Republic of Ireland, was in Glasgow on Friday for a fund-raising

lunch for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice. He admitted to

be on the outside looking in on the situation but simply wants

Fletcher to resume his Scotland career. “I am not and never have

been fully aware of the issue between Fletch and Craig,” said

McCarthy. “If there is an issue between them it is for them to sort

out. Not me. “I don’t delve into it because I have my own problems

looking after my own patch, that’s difficult enough. “But I can

advise at my side and Steven wants to play for Scotland. “I have

said to him that I’ve been an international player and an

international manager and I understand all the things that go along

with that. “And playing for your country is the best thing you can

do. “And who knows? You might just end up in the finals of the

European Championships or World Cups – we did! “He doesn’t want to

miss that. He wants to play so it is up to everyone to sort that

out. Not me.” “Why the hell I am encouraging him to play?” McCarthy

added with a smile. “It just means I have another player away for

two weeks. “It’s doing me a disservice. “But I am pragmatic about

that. They do go away but I want what is the best for the players

and to play at international level is wonderful because you learn

playing at that level. “I was a better player having played for the

Republic.” McCarthy revealed that Hibs boss Colin Calderwood wanted

to sign Leigh Griffiths, on loan from Wolves, on a permanent basis

before the former Scotland defender was shunted out of the Easter

Road club last Sunday. “I know Colin wanted to sign him because I

spoke to him,” he said. “But because football is so unpredictable

Colin is not there anymore so that’s changed. “But there has been a

bit of interest because Leigh has been playing well. “We signed

him, we took a chance. From where he came from (Dundee) to Premier

League football is a huge gulf so we let him go back to Hibs and

play some football and he is doing well. So we will see what

happens.”