Hamilton goalkeeper Michael McGovern warned he faces a fight for Northern Ireland gloves



Hamilton goalkeeper Micheal McGovern has been warned that he faces stiff competition for the Northern Ireland number one jersey at Euro 2016.

Former Manchester United shot-stopper Roy Carroll insists he is not heading to France just to warm the bench.

Carroll, who recently signed for Linfield, played the first five matches in Northern Ireland’s historic Group F qualifying win before one-time Celtic keeper McGovern was handed the gloves for the remaining five.

(Pic: BBC)
Carroll is eying the gloves (Pic: BBC)

McGovern, who is out of contract at New Douglas Park, is recognised as Michael O’Neill’s number one but experienced keeper Carroll admits he plans to give his manager a selection headache.

Carroll said: “It’s brilliant for me to be involved in the squad and, secondly I’ll be hoping to get back in the team and that’s what I’m trying to do.

“It’s nice to have been on the plane and in the 23-man squad but I don’t want to be going out there sitting the bench, I want to be playing and I think every player wants to play.

“That’s what I want to do, I want to go out there and play.

“I loved every minute of my last performance in Windsor (against Slovenia) and I’ve got nothing to prove to Michael (O’Neill).

“He knows what I can do so we’ll see what happens in the next few weeks.”