Hope Springs Eternal

11 October 2013 10:49
You should never give up hope of achieving your ambitions.

Brighton captain Gordon Greer thought any chance of playing for Scotland were over for him when he left Kilmarnock. However, hope springs eternal as he is the only uncapped member of Gordon Strachan's squad to face Croatia in their World Cup qualifier at Hampden Park on Tuesday. He was called up for the away fixture in June, which Scotland lost 1-0, but was forced to drop out with tonsillitis. Greer does have two Scotland B caps from his time at Rugby Park before moving to then League One side Doncaster in 2009. He thought that his dream of playing for his country were dashed with his move to the Keepmoat Stadium and after joining Swindon. However, things are looking up after a successful spell on the south coast with Brighton, where he was part of the squad that made it to the Championship play-offs last season, and Strachan has rewarded him with another call-up.Greer said: "When I left Kilmarnock to go down south I thought that was it for me. I went to play at Doncaster at League One and I thought that was too low to get called into the Scotland squad but since then I have moved to Brighton in the Championship, so we will see what happens in the future. The new manager came in, he has his own ideas so in the back of your mind you think hopefully this manager will like me and I will have a chance. You strive all your life to play for the national team and I was obviously delighted to get called up the first time. We had finished for the season when I got called up for the Croatia game and I was gutted that I couldn't stay due to illness. It is up to me now. It is up to me to train well when I am here, hopefully impress the manager and hopefully get a chance."Realistically, the best that Greer can expect on Tuesday is a place on the bench against Croatia as Strachan is likely to stick with the defensive pairing of Russell Martin and Grant Hanley. However, Greer is happy to wait for his opportunity to impress. He added: "You don't really tinker that much with the back four and the keeper, unless there is an injury or someone gets sent off, so you wait until your chance comes. I am happy to be here and I will train well and hopefully if I continue to do that I will get an opportunity at one point."

Source: ScottishFitba