Greer is perfect fit for Scotland

Gordon Greer is in the Scotland squad to face Nigeria

Gordon Greer is in the Scotland squad to face Nigeria

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Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has revealed why Albion’s captain is perfect for his international plans.

Gordon Greer will hope for a fourth cap, fitness permitting, when Scotland face Nigeria in a friendly at Craven Cottage on Wednesday, May 28.

The Seagulls’ centre-back has helped Scotland to clean sheets in each of his three appearances to date, notably a 1-0 success in Poland.

Strachan included him a 28-man party to play Nigeria in the final friendly before Scotland launch their European Championship qualifying campaign.

His participation will be subject to recovery from the hamstring problem which forced him out of the Seagulls’ play-off defeat at Derby.

Strachan has brought back Gary Caldwell and mentioned Greer in glowing terms when asked about the Wigan defender.

He said: “The fact he (Caldwell) can pass the ball when he has got it is also a bonus.

“He’s a bit like Gordon Greer, not the fastest thing on two feet but since Gordon has played I don’t think anybody has scored a goal against us.

“The fact he (Greer) can read it and be in positions and the fact he can read it and start a move at the same time, that helps you defensively.

“I have got ideas on how I want to try to play the game and that is keeping the ball and retaining it at this level.”

Greer will join up with three of his team’s semi-final victors when he reports for duty.

Derby left-back Craig Forsyth and striker Chris Martin have been called up for the first time and join clubmate Craig Bryson in the squad.

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11:22am Wed 14 May 14

mark by the sea says...

Seems GG has a lot of fans, is he going to get another year? The club made a massive mistake in not signing VanDyke , right age, absolute quality,
We never backed our manager when he wanted him .. Yes we brought in upson, but now we have a massive rebuild on our hands in defence.
Seems GG has a lot of fans, is he going to get another year? The club made a massive mistake in not signing VanDyke , right age, absolute quality, We never backed our manager when he wanted him .. Yes we brought in upson, but now we have a massive rebuild on our hands in defence. mark by the sea
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11:47am Wed 14 May 14

pablobrowno says...

False economy Mark.
False economy Mark. pablobrowno
  • Score: 0

12:45pm Wed 14 May 14

Piglet1 says...

Lets just be happy for GG rather than turn it into another moan.
Lets just be happy for GG rather than turn it into another moan. Piglet1
  • Score: 6

2:09pm Wed 14 May 14

VegasSeagull says...

mark by the sea wrote:
Seems GG has a lot of fans, is he going to get another year? The club made a massive mistake in not signing VanDyke , right age, absolute quality,
We never backed our manager when he wanted him .. Yes we brought in upson, but now we have a massive rebuild on our hands in defence.
Even if we had matched the offer for Virgil VanDijk penny for penny on price and wages, would the lad have chosen us over Celtic, I think not.
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Seems GG has a lot of fans, is he going to get another year? The club made a massive mistake in not signing VanDyke , right age, absolute quality, We never backed our manager when he wanted him .. Yes we brought in upson, but now we have a massive rebuild on our hands in defence.[/p][/quote]Even if we had matched the offer for Virgil VanDijk penny for penny on price and wages, would the lad have chosen us over Celtic, I think not. VegasSeagull
  • Score: 1

3:13pm Wed 14 May 14

Ex-pat Arnie says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
Seems GG has a lot of fans, is he going to get another year? The club made a massive mistake in not signing VanDyke , right age, absolute quality,
We never backed our manager when he wanted him .. Yes we brought in upson, but now we have a massive rebuild on our hands in defence.
Even if we had matched the offer for Virgil VanDijk penny for penny on price and wages, would the lad have chosen us over Celtic, I think not.
Champions League or Championship... not a tough choice.
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Seems GG has a lot of fans, is he going to get another year? The club made a massive mistake in not signing VanDyke , right age, absolute quality, We never backed our manager when he wanted him .. Yes we brought in upson, but now we have a massive rebuild on our hands in defence.[/p][/quote]Even if we had matched the offer for Virgil VanDijk penny for penny on price and wages, would the lad have chosen us over Celtic, I think not.[/p][/quote]Champions League or Championship... not a tough choice. Ex-pat Arnie
  • Score: 1

5:56pm Wed 14 May 14

mark by the sea says...

VegasSeagull wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
Seems GG has a lot of fans, is he going to get another year? The club made a massive mistake in not signing VanDyke , right age, absolute quality,
We never backed our manager when he wanted him .. Yes we brought in upson, but now we have a massive rebuild on our hands in defence.
Even if we had matched the offer for Virgil VanDijk penny for penny on price and wages, would the lad have chosen us over Celtic, I think not.
Who said he had a choice when we wanted him, easy to say Celtic , but we were there before them, we got close to signing him, Gus went there and spoke to player, from what I understand we pulled away from a deal,
[quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Seems GG has a lot of fans, is he going to get another year? The club made a massive mistake in not signing VanDyke , right age, absolute quality, We never backed our manager when he wanted him .. Yes we brought in upson, but now we have a massive rebuild on our hands in defence.[/p][/quote]Even if we had matched the offer for Virgil VanDijk penny for penny on price and wages, would the lad have chosen us over Celtic, I think not.[/p][/quote]Who said he had a choice when we wanted him, easy to say Celtic , but we were there before them, we got close to signing him, Gus went there and spoke to player, from what I understand we pulled away from a deal, mark by the sea
  • Score: 0

11:47pm Wed 14 May 14

OldGull says...

mark by the sea wrote:
VegasSeagull wrote:
mark by the sea wrote:
Seems GG has a lot of fans, is he going to get another year? The club made a massive mistake in not signing VanDyke , right age, absolute quality,
We never backed our manager when he wanted him .. Yes we brought in upson, but now we have a massive rebuild on our hands in defence.
Even if we had matched the offer for Virgil VanDijk penny for penny on price and wages, would the lad have chosen us over Celtic, I think not.
Who said he had a choice when we wanted him, easy to say Celtic , but we were there before them, we got close to signing him, Gus went there and spoke to player, from what I understand we pulled away from a deal,
No They upped the asking price
[quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]VegasSeagull[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mark by the sea[/bold] wrote: Seems GG has a lot of fans, is he going to get another year? The club made a massive mistake in not signing VanDyke , right age, absolute quality, We never backed our manager when he wanted him .. Yes we brought in upson, but now we have a massive rebuild on our hands in defence.[/p][/quote]Even if we had matched the offer for Virgil VanDijk penny for penny on price and wages, would the lad have chosen us over Celtic, I think not.[/p][/quote]Who said he had a choice when we wanted him, easy to say Celtic , but we were there before them, we got close to signing him, Gus went there and spoke to player, from what I understand we pulled away from a deal,[/p][/quote]No They upped the asking price OldGull
  • Score: 3

12:58pm Thu 15 May 14

rolivan says...

The fact that we have had 9 comments on 2 postings on our present club captain gives me the impression that not many people would be that sad to see him go . He has served his purpose in stabilising our position in the Championship and it is now time to get someone younger in which is what I would have thought they would have been doing with the Scotland Squad also.
The fact that we have had 9 comments on 2 postings on our present club captain gives me the impression that not many people would be that sad to see him go . He has served his purpose in stabilising our position in the Championship and it is now time to get someone younger in which is what I would have thought they would have been doing with the Scotland Squad also. rolivan
  • Score: 1

8:12pm Fri 16 May 14

Falmer Wizard says...

Greer is doing well for his country and he returns to us with very useful experience which will serve us well next season,
Greer is doing well for his country and he returns to us with very useful experience which will serve us well next season, Falmer Wizard
  • Score: 0

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