Craig Gordon: This Celtic duo must start for Scotland against Slovenia
By Will Butcher
Craig Gordon has urged Gordon Strachan to start Celtic midfielders Stuart Armstrong and Scott Brown in Scotland’s clash against Slovenia on Sunday.
Gordon, 34, is expected to resume his place in between the Hampden Park sticks after Allan McGregor wore the goalkeeper’s jersey against Canada on Wednesday night.
The Celtic stopper also wants Strachan to pick all six of the Celtic players he called up to Scotland’s squad for the international break, as they look to save their 2018 World Cup hopes.
But Gordon believes the relationship of duo Brown and Armstrong at club level could be key to claiming victory against Slovenia, stating their energy would give them the upper hand.
“We’re playing well at the moment. We know how each other play, there are partnerships there, confidence is high and we’re just not used to losing,” Gordon told the Daily Record.
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“Further back Scott and Stuart have played together most of the season and they work really well. They both have really good legs and energy and get about the park.
“Scott’s the more naturally defensive of the two and Stuart can get himself in the box and has got a lot of goals this season by doing that. As partnership, they work really well.”
Former Dundee United midfielder Armstrong could be in line to receive his first Scotland cap after scoring three goals in his last four outings for Brendan Rodgers’ side.
Starting in the middle of the park with Hoops skipper Brown, the duo have excelled for Celtic as they close in on a 48th Scottish Premiership title.
Pressure is increasing on manager Strachan after his side were booed off the pitch during the friendly against Canada, which saw only Leigh Griffiths represent Celtic in the 1-1 draw.
Three points for Scotland in Group F of the 2018 World Cup qualifying stage could see them climb to third in the group, if Malta beat Slovakia and England beat Lithuania.
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