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STRACHAN RELIEVED GORDON STAYED PUT AND IS CONFIDENT BROWN WILL PLAY ON

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GORDON STRACHAN admits he was relieved Craig Gordon did not quit Celtic for Chelsea in the transfer window.
The Stamford Bridge outfit made two bids to take the Scotland international keeper to London as understudy to Thibaut Courtois.
The lack of first team football for Gordon, who played in the 3-0 World Cup qualifier loss against England at Wembley in November, would have created problems for the Scotland boss.
He said: “Yeah, that would have been a worry.
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“But who’s to say that he wouldn’t go there and Courtois would get injured and Craig would then be playing in the best league in the world?
“That’s the funny thing about football management. You never know what’s going to happen. Somebody could get injured, an important player, maybe Craig – we hope not, touch wood – but that’s what can happen.
“You sit there thinking: ‘I hope the guys get moves to the clubs they want and they go up a level.’
“Robert Snodgrass has got a good move to West Ham and we’re delighted with that”
Strachan is also confident Scott Brown will carry on his comeback and be included in his squad for the World Cup qualifier with Slovenia.
The Celtic skipper retired from international football last summer, before performing a U-turn to play at Wembley.

Brown has yet to make a final decision about appearances for his nation.

However, Strachan insisted that he has received no indication the 31-year-old midfielder is thinking of calling it quits before the double-header against Canada and Slovenia in seven weeks’ time.
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He admitted: “I spoke to lots of players and Scott is one of them.

“Not one of them has said they don’t want to be involved in the next game.

“I’m sure over the course of a conversation that if anyone felt like that – just as Alan Hutton did a few months ago – then they would have told me.

“I spoke to Chris Martin, Charlie Mulgrew, Russell Martin and Robert Snodgrass, too.

“There are loads I’ve spoken to over the past few weeks and they know how we’re going to approach the next game and none of them said: ‘No, don’t pick me’.
Brown’s main concern remains the England qualifier in Glasgow on June 10.

It takes place just 10 days before the Hoops return to prepare for Champions League qualifiers and the player is wary of the demands on his body.

Strachan added: “I have spoken to Scott within the last 10 days. We’re not tying him down to a contract – it’s always up to the players if they feel good about themselves at that time.

“I see no reason why Scott won’t be in the next squad.”

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