Burley gives McGregor the nod
Scotland boss George Burley has confirmed Allan McGregor will start in goal against Holland.
Last Updated: 25/03/09 1:27pm
Scotland boss George Burley has confirmed Allan McGregor will start in goal ahead of Craig Gordon for the World Cup qualifier with Holland.
Burley had previously refused to be drawn on who would be his first-choice keeper for the crucial game in Amsterdam with both McGregor and Gordon pushing for a starting slot.
However, Gordon's lack of first-team action at Sunderland has cost him his regular starting place in the first XI against Holland.
"There has been a lot of talk, a lot of speculation, people talking about the pros and cons of who to play," said Burley.
"I had a chat with both goalkeepers yesterday and both were pushing for the No.1 spot.
"Allan McGregor will play because Craig has not been playing first-team football.
"Craig is a magnificent goalkeeper but Allan did well against Argentina and he has been playing well for Rangers. Allan is excited at the prospect.
"It was important to make this decision now and not later. Allan deserves a chance and he will start in Holland."
Burley also confirmed that Tottenham defender Alan Hutton will not face Holland but will be considered for Wednesday's visit of Iceland.
Hutton made his comeback from a serious foot injury earlier this week for Spurs' reserves, but Burley will not take any risks with the full-back's match fitness.
"Alan played 72 minutes at West Brom on Monday and did very well," added Burley.
"He had no problems and looked lively and bright.
"But I spoke to him yesterday and I am not planning to play him in Holland
although he will be considered for the Iceland game."
Burley also revealed Stephen McManus could still the make the Holland game despite struggling with an ankle injury.
"Stephen is desperate to play. He is progressing a lot quicker than anyone thought he would but if he is not 100 per cent right we won't play him," noted Burley.