Steve Clarke searching for goalies with Scottish grannies
Steve Clarke is on the hunt for goalkeepers with Scottish grannies after admitting the shortage of options at international level could become a concern when Craig Gordon’s time comes to an end.
There are few obvious contenders coming through, hence the manager’s decision to turn to Rangers’ third choice ‘keeper Robby McCrorie after Ibrox teammate Jon McLaughlin was forced to withdraw from the Scotland squad earlier this week. McCrorie has not featured this season and made only two appearances last season.
Scotland have been fortunate in having Gordon, Allan McGregor and David Marshall to choose from in the last two decades. Gordon is still around and remains No 1 choice, but he turns 40 in December.
McGregor and Marshall have both retired from the international scene. Motherwell’s Liam Kelly is in the current squad and is highly thought of but Zander Clark is now No 2 at Hearts behind Gordon and has not played since leaving St Johnstone last season.
“You have got Liam who is playing week in, week out in the Scottish Premiership. You had Zander who was playing week in, week out,” said Clarke. “Zander has chosen to go to Hearts and he is obviously going to sit on the bench behind Craig - for now anyway.
“It is an area that would give you some concern moving forward. It is something that we are aware of and we are looking at. You are not always going to get three diamonds like McGregor, Marshall and Gordon at the same time. Hopefully we can find someone.
“We are looking around trying to find somebody with a granny that is Scottish that doesn’t really know they are Scottish. You are always looking.
“We are mindful of the fact that it is an area that could be of concern going forward. Liam hasn’t had any games for Scotland. Zander hasn’t had any games. Young Robby hasn’t had any games. It is something of which you have to be mindful.”
Clarke stressed that it wasn’t up to him to decide if McCrorie should look elsewhere after finding games hard to come by at Ibrox. He has previously enjoyed loan spells at Livingston, Morton and Berwick Rangers.