Craig Gordon hopes to reclaim Scotland No.1 shirt after Sunderland release

The keeper is desperate for regular first-team football following his release from the Black Cats and is believes Saturday' friendly against USA will help attract clubs

Craig Gordon is determined to become Scotland's first-choice goalkeeper again by finding the right club after being released from Sunderland.

The 29-year-old is currently competing with Rangers keeper Allan McGregor for a starting place in Craig Levein’s squad.

However, this summer Gordon will have to search for a new club after his injury-plagued five-year spell at Sunderland came to an end when the Premier League side decided against offering him a new contract.

"I've been unfortunate with injuries and missed quite a lot of international games which I didn't expect to do,” he told reporters.

"Allan has come in and done pretty well and that's football. I need to get back playing first-team football.

His last appearance for Scotland came in November 2010 against the Faroe Islands and Gordon believes that Scotland's friendly against USA on Saturday is the perfect opportunity to impress potential employers.

He continued: "I'm looking forward to it. Having not played a great deal of football this season, it's a chance to finish the season by showing people that I'm ready to play and hopefully I'll get some time on the park out here.

"I think everyone is aware of my contract situation with Sunderland so it's quite an important trip for me to show anybody who is watching that I'm ready to play."

Gordon became the most expensive goalkeeper in British history when he moved from Hearts to Wearside in 2007 for £9 million.

However, a bout of knee surgery and breaking his arm twice meant that the goalkeeper fell down the pecking order behind Simon Mignolet and Kieran Westwood on Wearside.

And Gordon is desperate to start playing first-team football again, and has insisted that he is willing to talk to any club over a possible move, adding: "I'm keeping my options open to absolutely everything at the moment, be it Scotland, England or anywhere else in Europe.

"I don't mind. I'm looking for the best option for me and to get the best deal possible.

"It's important to get back playing football and to get a run of games in a first team.