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Scotland: Could Zander Clark replace Craig Gordon for Euro 2024 qualifiers? | Football News


Craig Gordon believes Hearts team-mate Zander Clark is ready to replace him in the Scotland set-up for their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers.

Scotland face Cyprus and Spain later this month at Hampden Park but with Gordon missing following his double leg break on Christmas Eve, head coach Steve Clarke faces a difficult decision on who to pick between the sticks.

From his previous squad, Motherwell’s Liam Kelly could be another option as both ‘keepers battle for their first cap, and while Jon McLaughlin has two caps – a lack of game time could count against the Rangers player.

Having seen Clark step in and keep seven clean sheets for Hearts – who are third in the Scottish Premiership – Gordon believes that regular football has put the 30-year-old in a strong position.

“He (Clark) has done a lot for the team since he came in, he’s been very solid, made some saves and got a few clean sheets as well which has really helped over this period,” Gordon exclusively told Sky Sports.

“He’s now playing regular football and there aren’t many Scottish goalkeepers who are playing regularly, so he’s put himself in a good position for the internationals coming up.

Zander Clark has been part of two Scotland squads but has yet to be capped
Zander Clark has been part of two Scotland squads but has yet to be capped

“Steve Clarke will make that decision, there are a few that will have their eye on it and will want to play well to give themselves that opportunity.

“It’s going to be a tough call for the manager, but I’m sure he’ll make the right choice.”

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Craig Gordon explains his comeback plans, opens up about his recovery from a double leg break, discusses his move to Celtic and more

Gordon, however, could be back for Scotland’s final Euro 2024 qualifiers as he targets a return to action “early next season” following that horror injury against Dundee United.

The 40-year-old told Sky Sports: “It was Christmas Eve the injury happened, and I got taken to the hospital that night and put in a ward and my operation was the next day, so Christmas Day was my operation.

“I spent that up in Dundee where the injury happened, so it was difficult for the whole family, the kids, they didn’t open their Christmas presents until I came back down the road from Dundee. I think it was the 27th I got back.

DUNDEE, SCOTLAND - DECEMBER 24: Hearts Craig Gordon and Dundee United's Steven Fletcher clash during a cinch Premiership match between Dundee United and Hearts at Tannadice, on December 24, 2022, in Dundee, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Scates / SNS Group)
Gordon suffered his double leg break in a game against Dundee United on Christmas Eve

“Everybody’s Christmas was a little bit ruined so I feel a bit responsible for that, but the kids were happy to see me when I did come back from the hospital, and we had our Christmas dinner about a week late.

“I’ve to go back and see the surgeon at the end of this month and I’ll get more scans taken at that point, and that will be when I’ll maybe have a little bit better idea of how quickly I can get back from this.

“I’m hoping to be back early next season. But, at the moment, I’m just pushing as hard as I can between now and then in the gym and I’ll take the advice from the doctors when I see them and then see what the possible return date after that is.”

Confirmed Scottish Premiership fixtures live on Sky Sports

Saturday March 18: Motherwell vs Rangers, kick-off 12.30pm

Sunday April 2: Ross County vs Celtic, kick-off 12pm

Saturday April 8: Celtic vs Rangers, kick-off 12.30pm

Sunday April 9: Dundee United vs Hibernian, kick-off 12pm

Friday April 14: Ross County vs Aberdeen, kick-off 7.45pm

Sunday April 16: Kilmarnock vs Celtic, kick-off 12pm

Scottish Premiership & SWPL on Sky Sports

Sky Sports will broadcast the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Women's Premier League
Sky Sports will broadcast the Scottish Premiership and Scottish Women’s Premier League

Sky Sports – This season up to 48 cinch Premiership games will be available across Sky Sports’ flagship channels, including Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event, plus at least five SWPL matches. From 2024/25, up to 60 cinch Premiership will be live on Sky Sports, in addition to the SWPL.

Sky Sports News – Running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Scottish football fans can enjoy Sky Sports News’ (channel 409) rolling editorial coverage of the cinch Premiership and SWPL throughout the season.

Sky Sports Digital – Follow all the latest from Scottish football across skysports.com and app, including exclusive features and interviews, plus dedicated live blog coverage, in-game clips from matches live on Sky Sports and free highlights.

Sky Sports Social – Alongside coverage and visibility for the league across all Sky Sports’ main social media channels, the bespoke Twitter channel @ScotlandSky will continue to be the home of all Scottish football content on Sky Sports.

Highlights show – Tune in for a dedicated round-up from the cinch Premiership every week on Sky Sports Football.

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