Burley fires Gordon warning

03 March 2009 05:20
Scotland boss George Burley has warned Craig Gordon his place in the national side is in jeopardy while he isn't playing regularly for Sunderland. The keeper has lost his place to Marton Fulop in the Sunderland starting line-up since suffering an ankle injury, and Burley has informed Gordon that Rangers No.1 Allan McGregor is ready to take advantage on the national stage. The Scots face Holland in a crucial World Cup qualifier later this month and Burley has revealed he must choose his team wisely. "It's something we will have to assess. If you are not playing, then it is difficult," said Burley. "We know what Craig can do and we still have a few weeks before the Holland game, so it is something I am keeping an eye on. "Naturally, you want your players to be playing first-team football on a regular basis. Allan has been in excellent form for Rangers. "He showed in our last game against Argentina that he can perform very well at international level." Burley hopes to have his strongest squad available for the game and will hope to be able to field key players Barry Ferguson, Darren Fletcher and Scott Brown in the same side for the first time in his reign. "For me, Barry, Darren and Scott are all top-class international players and they give us something I want to build our team around," he said. "Maybe some people underrate our midfielders, but I don't underrate them. "I will be looking to accommodate all three of them in the side because I think they are top international players. "I haven't had all three at my disposal to pick for the same team yet. Fingers crossed, all will be fit for the Holland game."

Source: SKY_Sports