ALEX McLEISH has admitted selecting between Craig Gordon and Allan McGregor has been his No.1 problem as Scotland boss.

The Celtic and Rangers keepers are putting on the pressure to become the regular Scotland international shotstopper.

The Hoops star will start tonight in the friendly game against Belgium at Hampden while the Ibrox veteran will get the position in the opening UEFA Nations League encounter against Albania on Monday at the same venue.

WHOOPS…Craig Gordon rises and shines to take a high ball against Hearts.

McLeish said: “It is a tough decision, but I’m in cahoots with Stevie Woods, the goalie coach. He is very fair with the two experienced goalies – and Jordan Archer, as well.

“Stevie and I had big discussions a couple of weeks ago before the squad assembled about how we play this.

“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 it was one game each.

“I want these two guys to be around for as long as possible. For these two games, we have had an amicable agreement.

“We will wait to see how the games go and see what suits the style of play we have in a game. If somebody has 40 world-class saves against Belgium then he might have nailed his position. It’s a very difficult decision.

“It’s so difficult for me to say that, ongoing, I can definitely pick one above the other.”

OOPS…Allan McGregor is helpless as Motherwell’s Danny Johnston lobs the ball over him. Pics: Geo.

Capped 52 times, Hoops No 1 Gordon was first pick for the recent World Cup qualification campaign after fighting his way back from a serious knee injury.

Rejoining Rangers for a second spell this summer,McGregor hopes to add to his 38 caps.

McLeish added: “Having had the talks with Stevie Woods and the boys, they know we have to make a decision and they have to get on with it.

“We believe the two of them have that competitive spirit where one wants to usurp the other. And the chat was along those lines.

“We are so lucky to have those two guys at that level.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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