Cardiff keeper David Marshall targets Scotland place

David Marshall
David Marshall joined Cardiff from Norwich in May 2009

Goalkeeper David Marshall hopes his recent performances for Cardiff City can help his chances of securing a starting spot in the Scotland side.

Marshall is in Scotland's squad to face Cyprus in a friendly on 11 November.

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor is Scotland's current number one and Marshall admits competition is fierce.

"It is difficult but all you can do is play to the best of your ability and show what you're worth and hopefully you can get a few games," he said.

"Scotland have got obviously Allan playing at Rangers and when Craig's [Gordon] fit he's playing in the Premiership [for Sunderland].

"It's difficult at international [level]. The higher the level you play at the more international caps you are going to get."

Former Celtic and Norwich keeper Marshall has won five caps for his country since making his debut against Hungary in 2004.

Marshall's Scotland ambitions have been helped by the fact he has established himself as number-one choice at Cardiff.

Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has opted for Marshall over Tom Heaton as his first-choice keeper after an injury-plagued campaign last season

And Mackay was full of praise for Marshall following Sunday's 1-1 draw at Leeds United, where he made a string of crucial saves.

"It was good to hear things like that from the gaffer," said Marshall.

"He's been great with me since I've come in. I've obviously managed to get myself fit over the summer which was my aim.

"He's played me since the start of the season and I'm just looking to repay him.

"Tom played really well in the Cup game [the 1-0 Carling Cup win against Burnley] so there's good competition here."

Marshall and Cardiff City travel to Derby on Wednesday to face a side who are fellow promotion hopefuls.

And the Scotsman is prepared for a difficult game against a side which last season finished 19th in the Championship.

"In terms of where they were last year they're obviously doing really well and on a high at the minute," said Marshall.

"Over the past couple of years they've obviously struggled.

"Obviously [they're] a massive club and their fan base is huge, so as a set-up it's a Premiership club.

"The manager's [Nigel Clough] settled in now and got his players over the last couple of years.

"They probably are where the fans expect them to be."