David Marshall: Scotland & Cardiff keeper on West Brom speculation

By Rhona McLeodBBC Scotland
David Marshall saves during Scotland training
Marshall has 19 Scotland caps
Euro 2016 qualifying Group D: Georgia v Scotland
Venue: Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi Date: Friday 4 September Kick-off: 17:00 BSTCoverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Scotland, live text on BBC Sport website

David Marshall admits a return to the Premier League is appealing but is concentrating on performing for Cardiff City and Scotland.

Cardiff insisted that the 30-year-old goalkeeper would not be joining West Brom after they failed to meet the Championship club's £5m valuation.

And West Brom have since signed keeper Anders Lindegaard from Manchester United on a two-year deal.

"It would be fantastic to play at the highest possible level," he said.

"But, until something comes when it's up to me to make a decision, I'll just keep my head down and work hard."

Marshall was speaking after joining the Scotland squad ahead of Friday's Euro 2016 Group D qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi and conceded the speculation has been a distraction.

David Marshall in action for Cardiff
Marshall's Cardiff presently lie fifth in the English Championship

"It's not an ideal scenario," he said. "I think the transfer window should be done before the first game kicks off.

"It's not ideal playing three or four league games when it's constantly being talked about and bids coming in."

Marshall, who joined Cardiff from Norwich City in 2009, had a taste of the English top flight with Cardiff but spent last season back in the Championship after the Welsh club were relegated.

"Everyone wants to play in the Premier League and in European competition as well," he said.

"But players just have to get on with it - they get the contracts and they have to do the best of their ability, which they do every week."

However, Marshall points out that, amid the transfer speculation, negotiations have never come close to him being involved.

Murtaz Daushvili and Ikechi Anya
Scotland take on Germany on Friday

"It's not something the manager [Russell Slade] has ever had to mention," he insisted. "It's never come to a stage when the club has come to me to go for a medical.

"Obviously, if someone makes a bid, it has to go to the club and the clubs have to agree a fee before it comes to me and that's never happened."

For now, Marshall is focused on Scotland's forthcoming qualifiers, with Germany visiting Hampden on Monday.

Gordon Strachan's men face Georgia on Friday and the goalkeeper admits the pressure is mounting with Scotland lying third in the table, two points behind Germany and three off Poland.

"It's a big week for the campaign," said Marshall. "We get 10 games to go and qualify. We can't deny how big Friday is.

"We've had a couple of years under the gaffer [Gordon Strachan] and done reasonably well.

"We are in good shape to go and win the game."

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