Greer not thinking about Scotland call

ALBION captain Gordon Greer admits a call-up to the Scotland team is the last thing on his mind.

The 31-year-old defender, who has just a single cap for the Scotland B squad, was watched by scouts from The SFA in Albion’s 3-0 victory over Ipswich last Saturday.

But Greer insists he is unmoved by speculation linking him with the Scottish national side.

He said: “The thought of travelling to somewhere like Slovenia and playing for Scotland is the last thing on my mind, to be honest.

“Playing for the national team has not been something I’ve thought about since I left Scotland. I just want to concentrate on playing for Brighton and getting international recognition is not something I’m bothered about.

“I’ve not spoken to anyone from the international set-up and as long as I can keep doing well for Brighton, then that’s enough for me.”

Seagulls manager Gus Poyet reckons Greer is worthy of a place in the Scottish team and believes the centre-back is capable of playing Premier League football.

“I think he deserves a chance because sometimes I watch Premier League football and think that Gordon could play ahead of a lot of the centre halves,” said the Uruguayan.

“He keeps everybody on their toes at the training ground and is vitally important on the pitch. He’s also a leader in the way he behaves because he is one of the best trainers at the football club and that inspires the other players to train the same way.

“He helps me a lot, too, because it is sometimes difficult to make sure the players are training at the same level and, with Gordon, I do not need to say a word to those that aren’t at the right intensity because he does it for me.”

Albion keeper Peter Brezovan, who has bounced back with consecutive clean sheets after Brighton were trounced 6-1 at Liverpool, admits Greer demands high standards from his team-mates.

He said: “He is the most important player in the back four and it is always nice to have him there. But he can be a bit of a pain in the backside in training when he gets angry if you do something wrong.

“You try to be good when he is watching because he’s a tough guy and will give you a lot of stick if you don’t do things properly. He sets a high standard and motivates players around him.”