Clarke delighted to see MacDonald rewarded with Scotland call

Steve Clarke says goalkeeper Jamie MacDonald’s Scotland call-up is the Kilmarnock number one’s reward for years of consistency.

Sunderland stopper Jon McLaughlin was originally included by Alex McLeish in the 23-man group selected for this month’s crucial Nations League double-header against Albania and Israel.

But with the Black Cats facing an important League One clash with Wycombe on November 17 – the same day the Scots play in Shkode – McLaughlin has been spared international duty, with his place going to 32-year-old MacDonald.

The former Hearts keeper has 10 Scotland Under-21 caps but has never been capped at senior level.

But Clarke says his keeper fully merits his inclusion.

He said: “It’s a good reward for Jamie for the level of consistency since I came into the club, so I’m delighted for him.

“He’s a model professional. He works well every day in training, good in the group, good in the dressing room, uses his experience well.

“So to get called up is a good little boost for Jamie at this stage in his career.

“The main goalkeepers that Scotland have used over the years have always been at a really high level so it’s always been difficult for other goalkeepers to get a look in.”

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