Allan McGregor and Craig Gordon are competing for the No.1 Scotland goalkeeper jersey, with the Glasgow Rangers and Celtic men in contention to start for their country.

The Gers keeper has been his club’s star performer this season after being brought back to Ibrox with the full blessing of Steven Gerrard over the summer.

In a short period of time McGregor has become the undisputed best keeper in Scotland, but that has given ex-Rangers manager Alex McLeish an embarrassing problem.

Celtic goalkeeper Gordon is also a smashing player, but is now clearly in second place for the Scotland No 1 position.

McLeish, the current Scotland boss is taking the easy way out and using his common sense by choosing Gordon for the Belgium game and McGregor for the Albanian match.

“Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor and Celtic custodian Craig Gordon are tremendous; Scotland manager Alex McLeish has told The Times.

“It’s difficult when you’ve got two goalies of a tremendous level. England had that problem way back in the day with Peter Shilton and Ray Clemence, and they played one game each.

“I don’t want to lose any of our keepers. I want these two guys to be around for as long as possible. For these two games we have had an amicable agreement. We believe the two of them have that competitive spirit where one wants to usurp the other.”

McGregor is 36 years of age, while Gordon is 35, but there is no doubt that the Rangers and the Celtic goalkeepers are both superb and in top form.

It can only be good for Scotland if the Rangers and the Celtic custodians continue to play well and push each other in the coming months and years.

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