'I'm not sure about his English accent' - Norwich City loan star in demand for Scotland
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Angus Gunn is on Scotland’s international radar - and former Norwich City coach Peter Grant is ready to use his Carrow Road connections to try and entice him.
The Manchester City keeper’s superb loan spell at the Canaries saw him touted with the likes of Celtic and Stoke City next season over the past weekend, if he is not pushing for a first team berth at the Premier League champions-elect.
But Gunn’s Scottish roots have not gone unnoticed with new national boss Alex McLeish or his coach Grant, who drafted English-born Manchester United prospect Scott McTominay into his first squad for upcoming friendlies against Costa Rica and Hungary.
The 22-year-old is currently with the England Under-21s preparing for a European Championship qualifier, but Gunn will remain eligible for the country of his father until he plays a competitive fixture at senior level.
McLeish played with Bryan at Aberdeen while Grant brought him into his backroom team at Carrow Road.
“If he decided to come to Scotland, you would obviously embrace him with open arms,” said Grant.
“I’ve known Angus a long time. I knew him as a lad. When I was at Norwich, Angus was a baby there, playing in the youth teams before he went to Manchester City.
“He’s a top-quality goalkeeper.
“England seem to have a lot of top-quality goalkeepers, they keep saying.
“So it will be interesting. With Angus, you are always wondering ‘can I get away with playing for England anyway?’ You’ll never shut that door until it’s impossible for him because he’s a top-quality goalkeeper.”
Gunn was added to Gareth Southgate’s senior mix for a friendly against Brazil in November.
“He’s doing exceptionally well for Norwich,” said Grant. “I’m fortunate that I get to see him quite a bit. If he decided to come to Scotland, you would obviously embrace him with open arms. There is not doubt about that. I’m not sure about his English accent though.”