Scotland: Brighton captain Gordon Greer 'honoured' by first start

Scotland defender Gordon Greer
Greer won his fifth cap for Scotland in the 2-2 draw with Poland

Brighton & Hove Albion captain Gordon Greer says making his first competitive start for Scotland was an honour.

The 33-year-old played the full match as Scotland drew 2-2 with Poland in Euro 2016 qualifying on Tuesday.

"I didn't think it was that big a deal to get the actual cap," the centre-back told BBC Sussex.

"I've played a few games before but it was a really proud moment. To get the actual cap home with me is a great honour for me and my family."

Greer only made his Scotland debut in November last year, in the 0-0 draw with the United States, at the relatively late age of 32.

The former Kilmarnock and Swindon defender has since featured in a further three friendly matches, but was included in the starting XI by manager Gordon Strachan in Warsaw following an injury to Grant Hanley.

Gordon Greer factfile
Born: 14 December 1980
Previous clubs: Clyde, Blackburn, Stockport (loan), Kilmarnock, Doncaster, Swindon
Joined Brighton in summer 2010 and has made 182 appearances for the Seagulls, scoring four goals
Made Scotland debut in 0-0 draw v USA in November 2013
Has won a total of five caps for Scotland

"It has been a hard week," Greer said. "In the first game against Georgia we did really well and played some good stuff. I wasn't really sure if I'd play the next game but then Grant got injured and I found out I was playing.

"It is just a bit more intense than the Championship - especially that game in particular.

"As soon as we went 2-1 up, they put a lot of pressure on us and put another striker on. It was backs against the walls for the last 10 minutes.

"We were delighted to come away with something."

Gordon Greer and Robert Lewandowski
Greer was responsible for marking Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski in Warsaw

Strachan hailed Greer as "fantastic" after the draw, adding that the Albion defender "looks like a rock star turning up at a testimonial game".

Greer admitted the challenge of marking Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski was a big test.

"He is a fantastic striker and I knew it was going to be a tough game," he said. "Myself and the rest of the lads did well and it was great to keep him quiet.

"It was just disappointing we couldn't hold on for the win. But overall a point away from home was a decent result for us.

"Our group is one of the hardest. I'm not saying that just because I am Scottish but it's tough. We will be doing everything we can to qualify."

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