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Scotland keeper McGregor on fire again: Berra

Christophe Berra believes Allan McGregor has staked a claim for the number one jersey despite Scotland losing 3-0 to Sweden last night.

The Rangers goalkeeper made his first appearance for the national team in 17 months in the clash in Stockholm as goals from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Emir Bajrami and Ola Toivonen gave the home side a comfortable win.

McGregor was thrown straight back into the action in place of Craig Gordon after his ban for his role in the infamous 'Boozegate' affair last April was overturned by new boss Craig Levein.

It proved to be a difficult night for an inexperienced defence, but centre-half Berra insists McGregor's display was one of the few positives and believes Gordon could face a fight for the gloves when fit again.

He said: "McGregor's a good player and both him and Craig Gordon are top-quality goalkeepers and they will be fighting it out for a starting place when Craig is back.

"Craig knows that he won't walk back into the team, especially after a performance like that."

With Gary Caldwell and Andy Webster both injured, Berra was paired with Garry Kenneth in the heart of defence and he admits it was a tough learning curve.

"It was a hard game and, especially up front, they were very lively," said the Wolves defender.

"They had a lot of good movement and had a lot of players forward and caused us problems. It was a difficult night all round for everyone. We are maybe not as sharp as well but the same goes for them as well.”

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