Ferguson has faith in McGregor

27 March 2009 07:00
Scotland captain Barry Ferguson has no fears for goalkeeper Allan McGregor ahead of Scotland's World Cup qualifier with Holland in Amsterdam.McGregor will replace regular number one Craig Gordon, who was dropped by manager George Burley after finding himself on the bench at Sunderland in the past weeks.Ferguson, who will play his first World Cup qualifier under Burley, believes a performance such as the one McGregor put in against Werder Bremen in the last 16 of the UEFA Cup last season - when a 1-0 defeat put the Ibrox side through on a 2-1 aggregate - can help the Scots get a positive result."I'm more than confident," said the Rangers captain ahead of Saturday night's match."The manager has two quality goalkeepers, but Craig has not been playing in the last few months."Allan has obviously been playing for Rangers, and his form has been excellent."I certainly have no fears for him - he's certainly a top goalkeeper."In that game (against Werder) he was awesome. We had 10 at the back that night. But he was phenomenal, and we got a result."I hope it's the same kind of performance tomorrow."Ferguson believes the Scots can replicate their famous win over France in Paris in the European Championship qualifier in 2007, when James McFadden scored the winner against the run of play."I feel we have the ability to get a result," he said."Some of our best results in the past have been against the best teams, like Italy and France, and we have beaten Holland at Hampden."France had about 80% of the possession that night. But we worked ever so hard for each other - and 'Faddy' scored from 35 yards, out of the blue."We hope it's the same scenario."The Dutch may have a lot of possession. But one thing is for sure - we will work ever so hard to close them down and hope we can nick a goal."We treat every game the same. There are no nerves, and all the guys are looking forward to the game."If you are a footballer, then this is the stage you want to play on, in a fabulous stadium against a top team."

Source: Eurosport


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