Scotland defender Gordon Greer backs Gordon Strachan over friendly matches



Scotland defender Gordon Greer insists manager Gordon Strachan was right to arrange friendlies against two of the best nation’s in the world – despite being comprehensively beaten.

Last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Italy and Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to France has given Strachan much to ponder ahead of the World Cup qualifying campaign after Scotland failed to lay a glove on their opponents in the demoralising matches.

But freed Brighton centre-half Greer, who won his 11th cap against the French, is adamant that the two games were not a complete waste of time.

gordonstrachanHe said: “Ultimately, as a footballer, you want to be playing out there against some of the best players in a great atmosphere because that’s what you train for all season.

“We’ve got some talented players coming through and I think it was really worthwhile for them as well.

“France are obviously at a different stage of their preparation going into the Euros and everybody’s playing for places.

“We went out there and gave it everything, but we just fell short against a fantastic team.

“It was very tough. They are a very good team, got a lot of good players and we found it difficult at times.

“But it was good to go out there and get 90 minutes against some of the top players in the world, so it was interesting.”

Greer is on a look out for a new club after being released by Brighton following their 3-1 aggregate defeat to Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship play-off semi-finals.

The 35-year-old is keen to find an employer at a level that will still keep him in contention for Scotland call-ups.

Speaking to the BBC, he added: “Maybe if I drop down a division, I’ll not feature, but it’s ifs, buts and maybes”It is up to me to keep fit and keep playing and see where it takes me.

“Hopefully I’ll get something and I’ll be fit and ready for the qualifiers.

”I am open to anything. I would like anything with a good opportunity where teams are pushing for something.”