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CRAIG BROWN didn't try to talk Gary McAllister out of walking away from Scotland - because he knew it was pointless.

The national coach was given the news earlier this week.

He said: "Obviously, I was disappointed and asked him if it was worth me talking to him about it. But he told me he had made up his mind and I have to respect that.

"He is a mature man, 34 years old, and there was no point in me trying to get him to change his mind.

"We were all aware of what went on during the Czech game but because of my media commitments at the end of the match I didn't get a chance to speak to him. I called him the next day but he was getting treatment so we didn't have time for any in-depth discussion.

"But I knew he was of a mind to make the decision that he has announced and all I do is respect it."

Asked if there is any way back for McAllister if he should have a change of mind, Brown said: "That is a hypothetical question and I do not think that situation will arise."

The heartening news for Brown yesterday is that Kevin Gallacher is back in business.

The Blackburn Rovers striker returned from a three-month injury lay-off to fire a first-half hat-trick in a 5-1 reserve victory over Preston.

Gallacher said: "It is great to be back on the pitch again and to score three was nice, especially when some folk had written my season off.

"The boss didn't want me to play but I said I wanted to go out rather than train.

"I needed the game badly to get my sharpness back."
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Apr 9, 1999
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