Monday 11 December 2017

McGovern patience

Michael McGovern includes patience as one of his virtues and it brought its own reward with a long-awaited first start for Northern Ireland against Scotland.

The Hamilton goalkeeper had waited almost five years for another chance at international level after making his debut under Nigel Worthington in May 2010 as a second-half substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Chile in Santiago.

The 30-year-old was included in the starting line-up by Michael O'Neill for the Hampden Park friendly on Wednesday night, and his man-of-the match display kept the Scots at bay until he was eventually beaten by a late Christophe Berra header. The keeper, who started at Celtic before starring for Ross County and Falkirk, said: "It was a good night personally and there were a lot of positives for the team as well although I was obviously disappointed to concede the late goal."

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