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Released Sunderland keeper Gordon hoping to fight for Scotland spot

Free agent Craig Gordon is hoping he can push Rangers' Allan McGregor for the number one Scotland shirt despite being released by Sunderland.

The 29-year old goalkeeper is now without a club after the Black Cats decided to allow him to leave following an injury-prone spell at the Stadium of Light but he is intent on getting some game time when Scotland meet the USA in a friendly this weekend.

"There is a friendly rivalry, there is no animosity between us (McGregor and I). We both want to play in the team," he said.

"I've been unfortunate with injuries and missed quite a lot of international games which I didn't expect to do.

"Allan has come in and done pretty well and that's football. I need to get back playing first-team football.

"If I do that and I'm playing well, then I'm confident in my ability to get me back into the team if I get that chance."

He added: "I'm keeping my options open to absolutely everything at the moment, be it Scotland, England or anywhere else in Europe.

"I don't mind. I'm looking for the best option for me and to get the best deal possible.

"It's important to get back playing football and to get a run of games in a first team.

"That's what I'll be looking to do and hopefully I can get a good club that will allow me to do that.

"Then I can start looking towards trying to get back into this team on a more regular basis."

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