Craig Gordon welcomed the pressure Allan McGregor is putting him under in the Scotland set-up - but the Sunderland goalkeeper insists he will not be moved from his number one spot.

Gordon, 25, accepts Rangers' McGregor, who saved a penalty after coming on as a second-half substitute in the goalless friendly against Northern Ireland at Hampden last month, is pushing him all the way for a starting spot in George Burley's side.

But the former Hearts player is not ready to give up the gloves and said: "Both of us will say that we both want to play."

He added: "There is only one position there for us and it's up to us to fight it out for that place.

"But I think I've done well in recent games and in recent campaigns and it's up to me to continue that and make sure that I keep my place.

"You have to get an understanding with your back four and know what each other is going to do, and if you keep chopping and changing, you are not going to get that same understanding as you would with a constant selection."

To reiterate his point, Gordon - who came into the Scotland team when his then Hearts team-mates Steven Pressley and Andy Webster played together at centre-back - looked forward to taking his place behind Celtic duo Stephen McManus and Gary Caldwell when the Scots begin their qualification campaign against Macedonia on Saturday.

He said: "They have an understanding at club level, they know exactly what each other is going to do.

"When I first started my career at international level, I had Hearts players there and the three of us were at the same club.

"It's good to have that understanding."

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