Alexander keeps Gers focus

Keeper not expecting to be involved against Norway

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Neil Alexander insists his focus is on becoming Rangers' No.1 before thinking about a Scotland recall.

Gers boss Walter Smith has opted for Alexander ahead of Allan McGregor in recent games and the keeper's form has sparked talk of a return to the Scotland squad.

However, Alexander is not expecting to add to his three caps in next week's 2010 World Cup qualifier against Norway as he looks to cement his spot at Ibrox.

"I've got Craig Gordon and Allan McGregor and probably David Marshall ahead of me," said Alexander. "So it's going to be a heck of a journey to get to No.1.

"All I can concentrate on is playing well for Rangers and that's my No.1 priority at the minute.

"If I do well there, whatever leads from that, I'll be delighted with."


On the prospect of an international recall, Alexander added: "As a boy growing up, all you want to do is play for your country.

"I'm very patriotic and I'm very proud of the three caps I've got already and obviously I'd love to add to them."

However Alexander, 30, insists he will understand if Scotland coach George Burley elects to stick with McGregor, who until recently was thought to be the undisputed first choice at Ibrox.

"Coming to Rangers, I knew I was going to be a No.2 and my place in the Scotland squad was maybe in jeopardy because of that," Alexander said.

"I don't know what the manager's thinking. Obviously, it's going to be difficult to leave Allan out.

"I'd like to be in, but if I'm not, I'm not going to lose too much sleep.

"If I can keep doing well with Rangers, the Argentina game is coming up in a couple of months and hopefully I can get in the squad for that one."