Michael McGovern, Hamilton Accies

McGovern: I wouldn’t play in the Championship

By Craig Turnbull

Hamilton Accies goalkeeper Michael McGovern insists Hibernian would need to gain promotion to the Premiership before he even considered a switch to Easter Road.

With McGovern’s contract set to expire in the summer, the Championship outfit have been reportedly interested in the shot-stopper.

However, the 31-year-old says he’s enjoying life at the Accies and is in no hurry to leave New Douglas Park especially with the tantalising prospect of playing at Euro 2016 with Northern Ireland on the horizon.

McGovern concedes they’ve been given a tough draw in Group C alongside Germany, Poland and Ukraine but insists they are not there simply to make up the numbers and is relishing the opportunity of playing against his idol Manuel Neuer.

“I think he is the best in the world,” he said. “I don’t think there is any doubt about that in my opinion.

“I think he’s revolutionised goalkeeping the way he plays is completely different to anybody I’ve ever played against before.

“I love watching him, his confidence, everything about him, he’s absolutely fantastic.

“We have Germany in our World Cup qualifying group so I was really looking to hopefully being involved in the squad for that and with the Euros it’s now come round even quicker. It would be brilliant to play against him.”

He added: “We’re under no illusions of how difficult a task this is going to be but we’re not going there simply to have a party and enjoy ourselves.

“We’re going there to try to get through the group, we achieved a bit of history getting there and we want to keep it going and achieve even more.

“The momentum has been with us to get us to the tournament and we want to keep that going.”

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