Grant welcomes keeper contest

CHRIS LAKEY Peter Grant has welcomed the impending battle between his Scottish goalkeepers with a simple message: “May the best man win.”

CHRIS LAKEY

Peter Grant has welcomed the impending battle between his Scottish goalkeepers with a simple message: “May the best man win.”

The Canaries boss has given number one Paul Gallacher some impressive competition with the signing of David Marshall from Celtic on loan from until the end of the season. “The good thing is that him and Gall know each other well from the Scotland set-up,” said Grant. “And again it is competition - they're great boys and they're competitive. May the best man win because everybody benefits.”

Grant was able to sign Marshall three months after first asking Celtic boss Gordon Strachan about the 21-year-old international. “I know he is a good goalkeeper and I know a lot of people are very surprised that I got the opportunity to get him,” Grant said. “I am delighted to have him. I wouldn't have inquired about him two or three months ago when I got the job if I didn't think he was a good goalkeeper. The only difference is I didn't think I would get him. But being patient and maybe those phone calls have helped me a little bit. But you have to do that sometimes, if you want something bad enough you have to keep going for it.”