FOOTBALL : I Was Good Enough for Villa but Not Willie Miller Says Scotland Rookie SCOTT MURRAY

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SCOTT MURRAY feared his dreams of playing on the big stage had gone when he was ignored by Aberdeen and ditched by Rangers.

But the 28-year-old is standing by to realise a lifelong ambition tonight by pulling on a Scotland shirt to play for his country.

Murray is in the B squad to face Germany in Mainz after Berti Vogts was tipped off about Bristol City's goalscoring midfielder.

And he is desperate for the chance to impress to show what the Dons and Rangers missed.

Aberdeen fanatic Murray was 19 and playing for Highland League side Fraserburgh when the two Scottish club showed interest.

He was offered a fairytale trial at Pittodrie but boss Willie Miller - probably Murray's favourite player of all time - allowed him to leave without even playing a game.

At the same time Rangers stepped in and he thought he was on the verge of a glorious career with one of Europe's top clubs when Walter Smith gave him a trial.

He played beside Ibrox legend Ally McCoist and Duncan Ferguson - but the experience cost him more cash than it cost Rangers.

Murray, who moved on to Aston Villa before signing for Bristol City, said: "Willie Miller was in charge when I went on trial with the Dons but he didn't even play me in a game.

"That's probably the biggest disappointment I've ever had.

"I was training with them for a week and nothing came from it.

"I ended up joining Aston Villa but for a wee while I though that if I was good enough to play for a big English team like that, why was I not good enough for Aberdeen?

"But they were turning down a lot of local lads then. …