He had been performing well for us for a long time, yes some of it in the Championship, but the performances against Premiership clubs in cup matches etc made it obvious how well he was playing.
As the post above calls out, he was effectively given the brush off by McLeish at a time when the Scotland manager felt that we had "enough" in that area...............unlike fans who were calling out for someone rapid to give us options.
Not 100% sure why - when a player has 2 international possibilities - and one pursues him hard and the other pulls the rug from under him, that he should hang round waiting on a cap?
You kinda destroy your own point about Boyle by mentioning the other Hibs players called up on the back of playing in the Championship - he was playing in a high performing and exciting team, and would have jumped at the chance of playing for us.
Yep he was injured for that tour where Lewis (!!) got his cap but there were other opportunities - frankly, all it would have taken was a bit of willingness on the part of the manager, include him in a squad even if he didnt get to play (to show he was wanted) and he would be a Scotland player now. Even Hibs fans laughed when Stevenson got a cap, it was obvious to all of us that the ones we should have capped in that period were McGinn, Dylan and Squirrel.
The bit in bold - as far as I am concerned, had he been playing for one of those clubs this situation wouldnt even be getting discussed - positive chats would have been had, the Scotland manager would have made all the right noises in the press etc.
Article above was after Boyle came back from injury for context