Goalkeeper Craig Gordon is open to joining a Scots club

Craig Gordon has not ruled out signing for a club in his homeland as the Scotland goalkeeper searches for a new start after his release by Sunderland.

And he hopes that game time in Saturday's friendly against the United States will attract a new employer.

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It's important to get back playing football and to get a run of games in a first team

Craig Gordon Scotland goalkeeper

"I'm keeping my options open to absolutely everything at the moment, be it Scotland, England or anywhere else in Europe," said the 29-year-old.

"It is important to show anybody watching that I am ready to play."

Gordon has been linked with West Ham and Celtic, but the Scottish champions are poised to discuss personal terms with on-loan Fraser Forster about a permanent transfer from Newcastle United.

"I'm not sure what will happen or what will pan out over the next few weeks," said the Scot, whose problems with injury and form have led to Rangers' Allan McGregor becoming his nation's number one.

McGregor enjoys a game of golf during Scotland's trip to Florida

McGregor enjoys a game of golf during Scotland's trip to Florida

"People are starting to look at their options for next season. I'll just wait and see what options I get over the summer and take it from there.

"It's important to get back playing football and to get a run of games in a first team.

"That's what I'll be looking to do and hopefully I can get a good club that will allow me to do that.

"Then I can start looking towards trying to get back into this team on a more regular basis."

Gordon became the most expensive goalkeeper in British history when he moved from Hearts to Sunderland for £9m in 2007.

His save against Bolton Wanderers in December 2010 was this month voted the best ever in a Premier League poll of hundreds of thousands of football fans from around the world.

However, a twice broken arm and another bout of surgery for a knee injury have limited his club appearances to 15 in season 2010-11 and one in the season just past as he fell behind Simon Mignolet and Kieren Westwood in the pecking order at the Stadium of Light.

His last appearance for Scotland came in a 3-0 win over the Faroe Islands in November 2010, but he believes he is now ready to challenge McGregor and views the match in Jacksonville as important to his future career.

"There is a friendly rivalry, there is no animosity between us," he said. "We both want to play in the team.

"I've been unfortunate with injuries and missed quite a lot of international games, which I didn't expect to do.

"Allan has come in and done pretty well and that's football. I need to get back playing first-team football.

"If I do that and I'm playing well then I'm confident in my ability to get me back into the team if I get that chance."