Marshall must be patient
David Cuffley Goalkeeper David Marshall's long wait for another Scotland cap continues - but City boss Bryan Gunn believes his number one will get the chance to carve out an international career.
Goalkeeper David Marshall's long wait for another Scotland cap continues - but City boss Bryan Gunn believes his number one will get the chance to carve out an international career.
The former Celtic 'keeper was again a spectator as the Scots were beaten 3-0 by Holland in Saturday night's World Cup qualifier at the Amsterdam Arena, with national team boss George Burley picking Allan McGregor and naming Craig Gordon as his substitute 'keeper.
The 24-year-old Marshall stays with the squad for the home game against Iceland on Wednesday, but has yet to add to the two full caps he won against Hungary and Sweden in 2004.
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“It's frustrating because you feel you're playing well enough to be included,” said Gunn.
“But if you aren't in the starting line-up it's because you are around some top quality goalkeepers at the same time.
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“In that situation you just have to be patient and hope for your chance, whether it comes in a friendly or a qualifying match.
“David has the qualities to be an international goalkeeper.”
Gunn knows exactly how Marshall feels after spending years in the Scotland senior squad but being limited to just six full caps.
“If you look back to a 22-year-old goalkeeper who joined this club in 1986 it's quite a similar scenario,” he said.
“I experienced exactly the same thing, having to compete with Jim Leighton and Andy Goram, but getting a place in the 1990 World Cup squad was a great memory for me and one of the highlights of my career.
“David can be proud to be in the Scotland squad and if they qualify for the finals in South Africa, he could have that same chance.”
Marshall is set for his 100th appearance for the Canaries against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday - his 95th consecutive game since signing from Celtic in the summer of 2007, after his loan spell the previous season was cut short in only his fifth match, an FA Cup tie at Chelsea.
“To have played all those consecutive games is fantastic and shows his level of consistency, and if he hadn't suffered an ankle injury at Chelsea when he first came here on loan he would have played a lot more,” said Gunn.
“It's a unique position. There is only one goalkeeper in the team but the others must be ready and Stuart Nelson is pushing him as hard as he can.
“David is in the opposite situation for Scotland.”