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Last Updated: Friday, 2 May, 2003, 13:34 GMT 14:34 UK
Keeper coach blasts McCall
Paul Gallacher suffers as Austria score
Paul Gallacher's poor clearance allowed Austria to score
National goalkeeping coach Jim Stewart has told Ian McCall to butt out of Scotland affairs and give more support to under-fire Paul Gallacher.

Gallacher was badly at fault for Austria's second goal in Wednesday's 2-0 defeat at Hampden.

And club boss McCall has suggested that it was "strange" that his goalkeeper was chosen considering he had committed a similarly calamitous error only days before for Dundee United against Hibernian.

McCall says Gallacher's confidence is at such a low ebb that he will replace him with Alan Combe for Saturday's vital bottom-of-the-table meeting with Motherwell.

But Stewart said: "I think Ian McCall's got enough on his plate at his club at the moment and he should leave those decisions to the national coach to decide who he plays for the national side.

Playing for Scotland didn't help his situation after the weekend
Dundee Utd boss Ian McCall
"It is a learning curve for Paul Gallacher and, when the next opportunity comes along, I am quite sure he will take it.

"But, at this moment in time, Paul needs confidence from the people round about him and they need to be very supportive of him.

"Paul made an error in the game against Austria. But he is a young up-and-coming goalkeeper and is second choice behind Robert Douglas and, over the piece, either in Under-21 games, Future games or in previous full international games, Paul Gallacher has showed some excellent qualities in a young goalkeeper.

"Hopefully he will come through this a stronger person.

"It is important that younger players get experience at this level, for Paul Gallacher himself to benefit and for Dundee United.

"It is Berti Vogts' decision to play Paul Gallacher for the national squad. I am quite sure Berti Vogts wouldn't intrude on Ian McCall's decisions about who should play for Dundee United."

However, Vogts did anger McCall by questioning the club boss's first decision on taking the job at Tannadice, which was to drop Gallacher and bring in Combe.

McCall said: "My heart goes out to Paul.

"Playing for Scotland didn't help his situation after the weekend.

"He needed time to heal and could have been left out of the game with Austria.

"Paul is a fine lad, but the job I have is a process that has to start by playing Alan Combe in goal when we go to Fir Park at the weekend."

It appears that McCall does not intend to field Gallacher again this season, which will present Vogts with a problem as Douglas has proved injury prone since returning from a hernia operation earlier this season.

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