The Scottish Football Association today opened the door for Nacho Novo to play for Scotland.
The Rangers striker has revealed he would “probably” switch allegiance from Spain if called up by George Burley.
And the SFA have said they would not stand in Burley’s way if the 29-year-old was to successfully apply for UK citizenship.
Novo has spent the last eight years playing in Scotland, enough time to represent the country under FIFA rules.
It is also enough time for him to apply for a British passport should he choose to do so.
An SFA spokesman said: “While our priority will always be to invest in home grown talent, if the manager wants to pick a player who is eligible and who he thinks will do a job for Scotland then he should always be allowed to do so.
“In the case of Nacho Novo, at present he does not hold a British passport and is therefore not eligible to play for any of the home nations.
“If that situation were to change then he would be considered like any other player.”