McGloves: I have faith in Bowman

Michael McGovern is Roy Carroll's understudy for the matches with Portugal and Luxembourg
Michael McGovern is Roy Carroll's understudy for the matches with Portugal and Luxembourg
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Michael McGovern is sure stand-in Graham Bowman and the rest of the Bairns he’s leaving behind will do everything in their power to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat.

The goalkeeper has been called up to Northern Ireland’s squad for matches against Portugal mand Luxembourg and will miss Saturday’s match at Raith Rovers.

There he says he’s a willing and able deputy to Roy Carroll, and just as he’s sure he’s ready to step in should he be called on, the man the fans have nicknamed

‘McGloves’ is sure his understudy is just as prepared.

“Graham will be in goals and no doubts he’ll do exceptionally well, he’s a talented young goalkeeper and I’m sure he’ll do well.

“Personally I’ve not had too many good results at Starks Park so hopefully the boys can get it done when I’m away.

“I’ve always been third choice goalkeeper with Northern Ireland but at the moment I’m second with Allan Mannus injured. - obviously Roy Carroll is a great goalkeeper and will play but you never know what could happen, and I’ll be ready.”

McGovern has just one cap - coming on as a second-half substitute for a match against Chile - but has been included regularly by Michael O’Neill for recent

matches, which have been successful for McGovern’s international team-mates.

“It’s been a while since I felt a defeat - in an international or with Falkirk and that’s great and it just makes you want to get back to it as soon as possible. 

“At Falkirk we’re seven games unbeaten with six wins - you won’t win every day but you’ve got to take positives. After going a goal up it’s a sore one to take, but we’ll lick our wounds and I’m sure the boys can bounce back next week.

“There’s a long way to go and even if we had won (against Hamilton) we wouldn’t have been getting carried away, far from it, and you can’t read too much into a handful of games.”