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Hampden horror will be the making of McGovern

Enniskillen man Michael McGovern insisted last night that he has already put the disappointment of Saturday's 3-0 Scottish Cup final defeat by Dundee United behind him.

Instead the Ross County keeper is eagerly looking forward to making his Northern Ireland senior debut in the American tour later this month.

Nigel Worthington has already confirmed that the 25-year-old will play against either Turkey or Chile — or both — as Linfield 'keeper Alan Blayney is likely to play second fiddle in the friendly double-header.

McGovern sees his call-up to the senior squad as an ideal opportunity to impress the Northern Ireland manager.

“I'm really looking forward to the trip and hopefully if I can play well if and when called upon I might come into consideration for the European qualifiers,” he said.

“I'm looking forward to meeting Alan Blayney as well and the goalkeepers in the squad tend to room together.

“That was the case when I was last in a senior squad when I shared with Alan Mannus.

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“I remember watching Alan Blayney play for Southampton against Newcastle United and he must be a good keeper to have made the squad.”

McGovern (pictured) held his hands up and admitted responsibility for Dundee United’s opening goal when his misdirected clearance was lobbed home by David Goodwillie.

“I was gutted as you would be with any goal you concede but these things happen in football,” he added.

The former Celtic and Dundee United shot stopper still maintains he enjoyed the experience of being at Hampden on Saturday despite being on the losing side.

“I will cherish the losers' medal more than the two winners' medals I picked up with Celtic,” he added.

“At least I actually took part in the game rather than spending it sat on the bench.

“Dundee United had done their homework on us and they didn't let us play, so they were deserving winners.”

“But it was a great achievement for a small club like Ross County to have even reached the final.

“But it's over now though and I have a lot to look forward to with the Northern Ireland trip coming up next week.”


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