Gordon Greer: Brighton defender savours Scotland debut

Gordon Greer

Brighton captain Gordon Greer has set his sights on more Scotland caps after making a belated international debut.

The 32-year-old started the 0-0 draw with the United States and manager Gordon Strachan kept faith with him for the midweek 1-0 win over Norway.

"I was trying to enjoy it as much as I could. I wanted to play and try and give the manager a problem in the future," Greer told BBC Sussex.

"I wanted to savour it and I felt I did that. To get two caps was great."

Defender Greer has made 142 appearances for the Seagulls since joining from Swindon in summer 2010 and subsequently being appointed captain by then-manager Gus Poyet.

The Glaswegian had to be patient for his first international appearance, having been named in Starchan's squads for four matches earlier this year, including the 3-2 defeat by England at Wembley, but not seeing any action.

"The boys got on great [against the USA and Norway] and they have got a real team spirit so it was good to be part of it," Greer said.

"I didn't expect to play the second game as we had four centre-backs. When they named the team I was delighted to be involved again."

Brighton head coach Oscar Garcia is delighted that Greer has finally been given his chance.

"I am very happy for him, he deserves it," the Spaniard said.

"With his age, it is very emotional as you think maybe you will not play in the national team."

Meanwhile, Greer has backed clubmate Liam Bridcutt to regain his place in the Scotland set-up.

The 24-year-old defensive midfielder missed three months of the campaign through injury, but recently returned to action.

"Once Liam is back fit, everybody can see he is a great footballer," Greer added. "It is up to him. I think he could get plenty more caps as he is a big talent. I am sure he will rack them up."

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