Best outfield keepers
Every week, Scottish football seems to throw out another fantastic story.
This time it was the turn of the Championship. Raith Rovers midfielder Ryan Stevenson had to start a game against Ayr United from between the sticks after all three of the club’s keepers were injured.
However, far from being thrashed, Raith only lost 1-0 and Stevenson performed admirably.
That got us thinking, who are the best outfield keepers to have donned the gloves of the specialist position…
Cult hero and famous nutmegger of Luis Figo, O’Shea also starred during a spell in net for Manchester United.
After United goalie Edwin van der Sar broke his nose with Sir Alex Ferguson’s side 4-0 up, O’Shea nominated himself to see out the remaining minutes in net.
Performing a solid punch and winning a one-on-one, O’Shea continued his solid service to the club and did not concede.
His former side United are 2/1 with Paddy Power to win the Europa League.
In 2006, Chelsea needed three goalkeepers to get through their match against Reading, resulting in Jose Mourinho ordering his captain Terry in net.
Chelsea lost starting goalkeeper Petr Cech to a serious injury after just 20 seconds, then substitute Carlo Cudicini in the latter stages of the game, so Terry took the gloves.
Before making his name as a divisive pundit, Savage actually had a career as a footballer.
After Stephen Bywater had been taken off injured and Saul Deeney had been dismissed against Reading for Derby County, Savage was called upon.
Never one to shy away from the limelight, Savage occupied the goalmouth for 45 minutes. During that time he pulled off a multitude of eye catching saves and only let in two.
To the guffaws of the press room, Savage said: “I’ve never tried being a keeper in training, its just natural, I’m a natural sportsman. Robbie Southall that’s me. Maybe I might get in the Wales squad as a goalkeeper!”
It was an eventful game for Irishman Quinn in 1991.
The Manchester City forward scored his 20th goal of the season with a sweet volley to put the Sky Blues in front.
However, he was soon sacrificed and handed the gloves when Tony Coton was given his marching orders. He even made a stunning penalty save to deny Dean Saunders.
In fact, he was so good in net he actually travelled to Italia 1990 as Ireland’s third choice goalkeeper.
Quinn’s former side Sunderland are 9/2 with BetVictor to stay up this term.
With Sheffield United a goal up at home to Arsenal, Jagielka donned Paddy Kenny’s XL goalkeeper shirt and performed miracles.
In the Blades goal, Jagielka remained solid as they secured a famous victory over the Gunners.
Jagielka’s manager at Sheffield, Neil Warnock, actually regularly didn’t name a back up goalie on his bench thanks to his ability.
On becoming a back up keeper, the defender recalled how Warnock spotted his potential: “Neil Warnock used to occasionally put on these crazy sessions when he let the keepers play outfield,” recalls Jagielka. “One day I went in and I did so well the manager decided he didn’t need to have a keeper on the bench.”