Sometimes Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has hinted at his frustrations as he finds himself playing second fiddle to Glasgow Rangers fantastic keeper Allan McGregor for the international team.
The Rangers stopper has definitely leapfrogged the 35-year-old Celtic keeper in the pecking order as his form since re-joining the ‘Gers has been nothing short of fantastic.
McGregor is the first choice for recent competitive matches with Gordon left to settle for a jersey in the other friendly games.
At the start of Scotland’s UEFA Nations League campaign, Alex McLeish said the Celtic keeper and Rangers counterpart Allan McGregor would feature game-about as he did not want to nail down a No 1 for the position, are you kidding – as there is no comparison? Even Celtic fans know.
McGregor was MOTM against Israel while Gordon has been left watching how brilliant he was.
Asked if he had been hung out to dry with recent games, Gordon said: “Yes – that hasn’t been lost on me, but that’s the situation and those are the games I’ve been asked to play in.
Scotland lost seven goals against Belgium and Portugal but McGregor would have saved at least two or maybe three of these goals.
Gordon did say, “I want to play in every game but he [Alex McLeish] has his job to do. He’s going to pick the team and I’ll play whenever I’m asked to and support whoever else is playing when I’m not.”
“We want all of our players as fit as possible so that the manager has as many to choose from as possible,” he said. “If we can get Leigh Griffiths back fit again for those games then he’ll definitely provide a goal threat.
“Whether he’s playing from the start or coming off the bench because he has goals in him and he’s always capable of scoring.”
In McLeish’s second spell in charge, he has managed Scotland in eight games, lost six and won just two, and the Scot’s have scored only five and lost 13 goals – a disastrous sacking record.
However, McGregor still has faith that McLeish’s side can still pull through from their Nations League group, despite the dire performances in the latest round of international matches.
Scotland’s second half collapse against Israel last week was incompetent at worst and unlucky at best, but if Scotland win both games they are through to the next stage.
I thought that Scotland were pathetic against a greatly weakened and experimental Portugal side who still beat the Scot’s far too easily in a 3-1 defeat at a half-empty Hampden Park.
Scotland were very lucky it was only half empty, as Rangers and Celtic fans stay away in their droves because they can no longer watch such rubbish playing in dark blue jerseys anymore.
The ‘Old Firm’ fans despise the dysfunctional SFA and all they stand for. The present board members need to be flushed out and replaced with responsible football brains and people that fully understand the game they are supposed to represent.