MacGillivray: I won't relinquish Pompey number one advantage

Craig MacGillivray has vowed he won't relinquish his prized Pompey number one advantage.

Thursday, 5th July 2018, 6:16 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:38 pm
Craig MacGillivray Picture: Colin Farmery

The summer signing was handed a maiden Blues start in Monday night's pre-season opener against Cork City.

Although Kenny Jackett implemented 11 substitutions at the break '“ including the introduction of Luke McGee '“ the identity of those in the initial line-up was telling.

MacGillivray was included in what was clearly Pompey's strongest XI at that time, discounting those absent through injury.

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Craig MacGillivray Picture: Colin Farmery

And with Jackett having previously admitted he had already decided on his number one for the forthcoming campaign, it appears the ex-Shrewsbury player is in pole position.

The Scottish keeper said: '˜The number one spot is the aim, that's the aim for me, ultimately I'm not taking anything for granted.

'˜Everyone in the team has to prove themselves, to prove a point to the gaffer, to show him they want to be in the team.

'˜And when you get the opportunity in pre-season to play you must to do the best you can in order to give yourself the best chance of playing on August 4, definitely.

'˜It was nice to play in the first half, but had I played the second half I would have been happy, it's just about getting your minutes in pre-season.

'˜I  specified to the gaffer I wanted to be number one, I said to him I didn't want to come here and sit on the bench. I don't want to be a number two anymore. I want to be playing football.

'˜He told me 'You'll get a chance, but you have to show me you want to be in that starting line-up. And then ultimately if you do then I've got my reason why it can or cannot happen'.

'˜It's about setting standards, making sure every time you step onto that pitch you do your best and don't give the gaffer any question marks about you.

'˜I am sure Luke will be the same, he will be thinking the same thing every time he plays.

'˜Ultimately, whoever does the best in pre-season will get that opportunity.

'˜I have to make sure I show the gaffer I can play. '

Pompey face the Hawks tomorrow (12.30pm), with Jackett again intending to field 11 different players in each half.

MacGillivray added: '˜Luke ultimately played 50 games last year and has been seen by the gaffer, so he knows what Luke is about.

'˜Whereas for me it's different, I have come here to show the gaffer what I'm all about.'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'‹'