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THIRD-CHOICE GERS ROOKIE GETS SCOTS’ CALL-UP

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ROBBY McCRORIE, Rangers’ THIRD-CHOICE keeper, is poised to join the Scotland squad.

The 24-year-old netminder, who made only two first-team appearances last season as he played back-up to Allan McGregor and Jon McLaughlin, is now ready to get a dramatic call from Steve Clarke to link up with his Nations League pool for the away games against the Republic of Ireland tomorrow and Armenia on Tuesday.

McCrorie was part of the country’s training squad last month to help prepare the team for the vital – and, ultimately, disappointing – World Cup qualifier with Ukraine which the team lost 3-1 at Hampden last week to dynamite any hopes of reaching the Qatar Finals in November.

END OF AN ERA…David Marshall has retired from the interntional circuit.

His displays in training convinced Clarke and goalkeeping coach Chris Woods he deserved a place following former Celtic No.1 David Marshall’s decision to retire from the international scene earlier this week.

Following 47 caps, the 37-year-old shotstopper has decided to call a halt to his Scotland career to concentrate on club football after joining Hibs.

McCrorie, who made seven appearances for the Scots’ Under-21s, was called up by the national team boss in September 2020 after impressing on loan at Livingston.

He will now become competition to Motherwell’s Liam Kelly and St Johnstone’s Zander Clark to be back-up to established No1 Craig Gordon.

The rookie keeper’s former Gers team-mate Cammy Bell insisted the youngster should QUIT Ibrox if he’s not given guarantees regarding his long-term future.

NUMBER ONE…veteran Craig Gordon is the established Scotland keeper.

Bell, speaking to the Scottish Sun, said: “Last season wasn’t great as Robby didn’t get a lot of football.

“I’d always encourage him to stay with Rangers, but I understand that he needs to be playing to progress again.

“Even if Allan stays or goes, then Robby has to go to the club and ask whether they still see him as a No 1 in the future.

“If they do, then that’s great, but he still has to be playing. He’s much better than being the No 3 at a huge club.

“It will be a tough conversation and a lot will depend on how Rangers see Robby’s future.”

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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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