Gilks hopes for full debut

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MATT Gilks could make his first start for Scotland this evening.

Despite failing to make the bench for Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Serbia, the Seasiders keeper could start tonight’s 2014 World Cup qualifier against Macedonia at Hampden Park because of an injury to regular keeper Allan McGregor.

Gilks made his Scotland debut last month and will go head-to-head with Cardiff’s David Marhsall for the no.1 shirt tonight, despite a slight injury worry of his own.

Manager Craig Levein revealed: “Matt Gilks picked up a problem in training yesterday.

“But I spoke to him and he’s fairly positive he’ll be fit. We’ll see what happens.”

Meanwhile, Craig Cathcart is determined to bounce back after conceding a penalty during Northern Ireland’s 2-0 defeat by Russia in Moscow on Friday.

The 23-year-old is expected to start at left-back again for tonight’s clash with Luxembourg.

And the Blackpool defender has learned at first-hand how different international football is to the Championship.

“I think if this was a Championship game that would never have been a penalty,” he said. “It would have been a case of ‘play on’.

“But it’s a different style of football and we knew that coming into the game. Players in international football seem to go down a lot easier.

“I’ve got to learn from that. You are always trying to improve and I will learn from decisions like that.”