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MacGillivray: Scotland Call An Honour

Keeper’s pride at international recognition

30 August 2019

Craig MacGillivray
Photo: Nigel Keene

Craig MacGillivray has certainly proven his worth to the Fratton faithful since arriving on the south coast last summer.

Now the keeper has the chance to impress his fellow countrymen after receiving a maiden call-up to the Scotland squad.

They have important Euro 2020 qualifiers against Russia and Belgium at Hampden Park on the horizon.

MacGillivray will have to battle with two other stoppers for a place in the team, but is proud of the recognition regardless.

He said: “I’m still not sure how to properly sum it up, but it’s an honour for any footballer to be called up to their national team.

“There have been a few questions about whether I’m actually Scottish and I’ve had to make everyone aware that I am!

"I’m still not sure how to properly sum it up, but it’s an honour for any footballer to be called up to their national team."

Craig MacGillivray

“I must have been close a few times, so to finally get there on this occasion is something that’s really exciting.

“There was a missed call on my phone while I was training and it was a message to say ‘congratulations, you’re in the Scotland squad’.

“You don’t know what’s going to happen in football, so I just have to stake my claim for a place in the side.

“It’s all going to be very surreal for me – all the little details like getting my kit and training with the lads. It will be a whirlwind.”

MacGillivray is hoping to leave for international duty on a high by helping Pompey beat Blackpool on Saturday.

He said: “They’ve started extremely well, but we haven’t performed badly – we just haven’t seen things out.

“We’ve been undone by little lapses of concentration, so we need to give a good account of ourselves to try to come away with all three points.”


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