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Portsmouth: Craig MacGillivray pushing for Scotland start

Portsmouth: Craig MacGillivray pushing for Scotland start

Kenny Jackett has spoken about Craig MacGillivray after the Portsmouth goalkeeper was called up to the Scotland squad, as reported by The News Portsmouth.

Having made the step up to the national team, the Pompey manager has suggested his number 1 will be looking to push on and take his opportunity to get on the pitch, taking advantage of having the new manager Steve Clarke and the clean slate that brings.

His competition for a place this time around is Jon McLaughlin from Sunderland and Wigan Athletic’s David Marshall.

MacGillivray has played all seven of Portsmouth’s games across League One and the Carabao Cup, keeping three clean sheets and conceding seven goals, as per Transfermarkt, while his average rating on WhoScored is 6.29.

McLaughlin has been between the sticks for each of Sunderland’s six League One matches, but despite the Black Cats being 11 places higher than Pompey in the table, he hasn’t kept a single clean sheet, conceding eight goals, while his average rating is 6.61.

Lastly, Marshall has played all six of Wigan’s Championship matches, keeping one clean sheet, but conceding 11 goals, while his average rating is the lowest of the trio at 6.19.

The numbers indicate that it is a very close race between the three goalkeepers, so it would definitely be understandable for MacGillivray to have ambitions of taking his country’s number 1 jersey.

In fact, this could be one of the biggest selection dilemmas Clarke faces ahead of the qualifier against Russia.

Portsmouth fans, does MacGillivray deserve to start? Join the discussion by commenting below…

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