Scotland manager George Burley had nothing but praise for goalkeeper Craig Gordon after he played a major role in the 2-1 win over Iceland. The Sunderland stopper was recalled to the first team after it emerged that Allan McGregor and Barry Ferguson had both been dropped for the clash at Hampden. Both had indulged in a lengthy drinking session at the team's Cameron House base after returning from the 3-0 defeat in Holland at the weekend, in which McGregor had won the gloves over Gordon.
Gordon's inclusion was just one of five changes made by Burley following the reverse in Amsterdam - and the boss paid tribute to the goalkeeper for coming to Scotland's rescue when Iceland went for broke at the end.
He said: "When I had Craig at Hearts, and with Scotland, I always believe he will save everything because he is so good.
"He hasn't had ideal preparation as far as league games are concerned but he is a top-class international keeper. There is no doubt about that.
"Yet again, he pulled off a fabulous save at the end."
Ross McCormack and Steven Fletcher both claimed their first international goals to keep Scotland's World Cup dream alive despite Indridi Sigurdsson levelling for Iceland.
Burley added: "I'm very pleased. I thought we battled away. The second game is always the toughest in international football.
"We worked hard and did a lot of chasing in Saturday's game in Holland. Overall, I thought we deserved the three points.
"There were some exceptional individual performances, especially from our younger players. I think that's very encouraging for the future and it keeps things alive, which was so important."