Kris will be a big miss, says Scotland blunder boy Iwelumo after Boyd walks out

Chris Iwelumo has refused to criticise Kris Boyd's decision not to play for Scotland under George Burley.  

Rangers striker Boyd put his international career on hold in the wake of Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Norway, a choice which upset both Burley and the Scottish Football Association.  

Iwelumo, who was preferred ahead of Boyd when Burley made his second-half substitutions at the weekend, believes his fellow forward will be a big loss to the national team.  

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'It's a big loss. He brings goals - his goalscoring tally is unbelievable,' said the Wolves striker, who missed an open goal on his debut in the 0-0 draw.  

'It's disappointing he's come to that decision but everyone to their own.'  

Boyd had failed to start a game for Scotland since Burley's appointment in January, playing only 28 minutes in six matches.  

He appears to have become fed up with playing second fiddle to the likes of Iwelumo and Steven Fletcher during Burley's reign.  

Iwelumo, 30, added: 'I had a look at his goal tally and I was shocked. The guy is a goal machine.  

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Benchmark: Boyd (back row, far right) among the Scotland substitutes

'He's a good lad as well for banter and a good character to have around. It's a big loss. 

'It was probably a hard decision to make but he's decided to go that way. It's not my place to try to convince him otherwise. Like I say, everyone to their own. He's made his choice.'  

Iwelumo is now back at Wolves, where his club colleagues have been indulging in some gentle teasing about his open-goal howler.  

The player also revealed he had apologised to his Scotland team-mates after the final whistle on Saturday.  

'I apologised and that was dismissed by every single person in the dressing room,' Iwelumo told BBC Radio Five Live.  

'They said to stop talking nonsense, it happens to the best of us and just congratulated me on making my debut.'