Greer sees improvement in Scotland

16 November 2013 08:46

Defender Gordon Greer believes Scotland's goalless draw against the United States was another indication of how far the national team have come under Gordon Strachan.

The last meeting between the two nations resulted in a humiliating 5-1 loss for the Scots in Florida in May 2012 when Craig Levein was still at the helm.

But Friday's friendly at Hampden proved to be a more evenly-matched contest as Scotland restored some pride after such a heavy loss, while maintaining recent positive form.

Greer said: "Since I've been involved in the squad, they have done really well. They have been playing some really good football as well.

"I can't speak for before because I wasn't here and I didn't see it at close quarters but the boys have been doing really well. It's great to be part of it.

"It is just a friendly but it's a friendly against a very good team. You still need to go out there and give your all and hopefully get a result.

"Although we didn't win the game, it was another really good test for us."

The Brighton defender was handed his debut, at almost 33 years of age, against the Americans.

He knows the match will have been a largely forgettable affair for the majority of fans but insists it is a night that he will remember for the rest of his life.

Greer said: "It was great to get my debut. It's been a long time coming.

"I'm just delighted to be part of the squad and to be given the opportunity to play.

"A lot of people won't look back on this game as being one of Scotland's greatest nights but, for me, it was fantastic.

"I will remember this night for the rest of my life.

"When you are a kid you dream about nights like this, playing for Scotland at Hampden. I'm delighted to have finally achieved it."

Asked whether he has done enough to retain his place in Strachan's plans, Greer said: "It's hard to say, you would have to ask the manager that.

"For me, I just wanted to enjoy it as much as I could. It was important for me to play well and do as well as I could.

"I'll just keep trying to do my best and if I get more opportunities then great."

Source: PA

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