Scotland manager George Burley had nothing but praise for goalkeeper Craig Gordon after he played a major role in Wednesday night's 2-1 win over Iceland.
The Sunderland goalkeeper was recalled to the first team after it emerged that Allan McGregor and Barry Ferguson had both been dropped for the clash at Hampden.
Burley said: "When I had Craig at Hearts, and with Scotland, I always believe he will save everything because he is so good."
He continued: "He hasn't had ideal preparation as far as league games are concerned but he is a top-class international keeper. There is no doubt about that.
"Yet again, he pulled off a fabulous save at the end."
Ross McCormack and Steven Fletcher both claimed their first international goals to keep Scotland's World Cup dream alive despite Indridi Sigurdsson levelling for Iceland.
Burley added: "I'm very pleased. I thought we battled away. The second game is always the toughest in international football.
"We worked hard and did a lot of chasing in Saturday's game in Holland. Overall, I thought we deserved the three points last night.
"There were some exceptional individual performances, especially from our younger players. I think that's very encouraging for the future and it keeps things alive, which was so important."
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