Samson: I didn’t want to hinder my Scotland chances

Craig Samson says he left Kilmarnock because he did not want to hinder his chances of another Scotland call-up.

The goalkeeper, 31, rejoined Killie in 2013 but parted company with the club this week after he says he was told by manager Gary Locke he would be No.2 to new signing Jamie MacDonald.

Samson was part of the Scotland set-up for the Euro 2016 qualifier with Ireland in June, and says he didn’t want to harm his chances of further call-ups by watching from the sidelines at Rugby Park.

“Being involved in the Scotland squad for the Ireland game in the summer was great,” he told Peter and Roughie’s Football Show.

“I think the squad has got a great chance of going through to the Championships and I didn’t want to hinder my chances of being involved by sitting on the bench at Kilmarnock for a year.

“Locke and I had a discussion and we felt it was best if we went our separate ways. Jamie is a very good goalkeeper and good luck to them.

“The manager makes decisions and that’s his job and I fully appreciate that but for me I just didn’t think I’d get minutes on the pitch.

“At this stage of my career I feel as though I can kick on and keep pushing forward.”

Samson is a free agent and says he would weigh up a move to England.

He added: “If there were opportunities down south it is certainly something I would consider.

“I went down there before and it didn’t really work out at Hereford when they were in League One. I maybe feel as though I’ve got unfinished business down there.”

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