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Marshall happy to play second fiddle
Published : 12 Nov 2009 17:58:11
The Cardiff stopper, who is likely to line up against Wales on Saturday due to Gordon's fractured arm, also insisted his recent outburst at not playing in last month's friendly in Japan was "blown out of proportion". Marshall, widely considered Scotland's number two, put in a sterling display while standing in for the injured Gordon in the nation's fateful final World Cup qualifier against Holland. Yet, he then found himself consigned to the bench in Yokohama upon the Sunderland keeper's return. And the 24-year-old openly admits Gordon is always likely to get the nod as Scotland's number one. "It's hard. Obviously Craig's been number one here for years, he's done great. So you just have to keep working hard and if you get a chance then prove your worth," said Marshall. "We've not got another international until March so he'll probably be back then. "It gives me a chance for Saturday and hopefully I can do well. He continued: "I think, realistically, Craig is going to be the number one if he is fit. "He's played incredibly well for Scotland over the past four or five years. "I know that, everybody else knows that, the gaffer knows that - all I can do is do well in the games I play in and show the gaffer that I'm worthy to be number two and if there's ever a problem that I can step up. "Managers definitely like to have their number one in goal and I think Craig's definitely deserved that over the last few years. "When Craig's there, it's expected that he'll play." Asked whether that is hard to take, Marshall added: "No, not at all. I don't curse my luck at all, it's good to be involved. "When I come to Scotland, Craig's the number one and I don't expect to play. So it's not as tough mentally." Marshall did, however, last month voice his frustrations having travelled 12,000 miles around the world only to sit on the bench, especially following his performance against Holland. National coach George Burley later hit back at the comments by insisting team selection is his concern and no-one else's. But as Marshall prepares to step out on his home ground this weekend to face club team-mates, he is adamant his well-publicised quotes were taken the wrong way. "I think it was sort of blown out of proportion," he said. "Somebody asked me if I was disappointed going to Japan and not playing. "The type of person I am, I am always disappointed when I'm not playing. "But that's the way it happens in international football. Craig was there and he usually plays so it was blown out of proportion I think. "It's not a problem and I've just put it behind me; it's a bit of a nuisance but hopefully I can play on Saturday." Wales v Scotland. Click here to bet.