Allan McGregor was surprisingly left out of the Scotland team last night.
And unsurprisingly, the team was much weaker for it.
There is no doubt here – McGregor is a far, far superior goalkeeper to Craig Gordon.
Granted, it’s not just Gordon’s fault Belgium ran riot last night, but he doesn’t have the same presence or command that McGregor does. Do you think the CBs are anywhere near as confident with Gordon in behind?
Goalie poor for first goal
For Belgium’s first, Gordan put McGinn under pressure with a pass and the midfielder was lackadaisical as Lukaku pounced.
Three would follow. To his credit he did touch one on to the woodwork but Gordon cuts a nervous figure in goalkeeping position for all his shot-stopping ability.
McLeish had said earlier in the week that it was hard to separate them. It really isn’t. You won’t find a Scotland fan, let alone a Rangers fan, who disagrees.
Expect McGregor against Albania
McLeish hinted he’d give both a run out. You could put your entire bank balance on which one he’d pick for the competitive match.
Allan McGregor will be between the sticks against Albania, and Scotland will immediately look stronger. He’s vocal, charismatic and talented.
McLeish must drop the posturing to Gordon – he’s number two. McGregor is Scotland’s number one and whilst we’re in the McLeish’ projects infancy, consistency will play a big part in his success.
McGregor will give you just that.