Scotland star calls on Tartan Army to roar Clarke’s side to World Cup

Scotland number one Craig Gordon has called on the Tartan Army to give Steve Clarke’s side the same sort of backing as last night when they return to Hampden for a World Cup playoff semi-final in March.

Gordon has been integral for Scotland as they finished second place in their group behind winners Denmark, with Clarke’s side 180 minutes away from a spot at next year’s World Cup in Qatar.


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Gordon was delighted with the performance from his teammates, as well as the backing from the stands, as he praised the manner in which Scotland went about ending Denmark’s 100% record in qualifying.

“If we get another night like this and performance like that then we’ll do our best to try and get the result there and carry it on to the final,” Gordon said [Football Scotland].

“We’ve got a couple of very difficult games coming up but we’ll wait and see who we get and take it from there.

“We’re playing well at the moment. Good confidence in the team and some of the moves, especially first half, were excellent.

“We passed it really well. There were 20-25 minutes first half, we really dominated and kept them in their half, which is good going against a team of that quality.

“[I’m] happy to get two clean sheets… It was important that we kept them out. Delighted with the week’s work, to not lose a goal, and two get two at the other end as well against a team that’s only lost one in the whole campaign is very good.”

Gordon’s clubmate John Souttar scored the opening goal for Scotland, three years after his last appearance for the national team and Gordon is delighted for the former Dundee United star.

Souttar’s injury problems are well documented and Gordon was full of praise for his performance at the heart of the Scotland defence after his late addition to the squad

He added: “He’s been through so much with his injuries to come back and put in a performance like that, get a goal on his first game back, it shows you how hard he’s worked to get back here.

“He’s got himself in great shape. I thought he was absolutely outstanding, not only his goal but heading balls out the box, defending overall was great in what was the best team in the group.”

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