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  • Craig Gordon hopes Celtic form can rekindle Scotland career

    Craig Gordon hopes Celtic form can rekindle Scotland career

    By: Martin Dalziel on 11 Feb, 2015 14:01

  • CRAIG GORDON is hopeful that his stellar form for Celtic could be enough to reclaim his place as Scotland No.1 under Gordon Strachan.

    The Hoops keeper has yet to concede a goal in 2015 in any competition and his form at home and abroad has been praised by his team-mates since he joined the club last summer.

    The Scotland cap held the No.1 jersey for the national team before injury forced him to the sidelines for more than two years but he harbours an ambition to work his way back into the national set-up proper and get back to playing for his country.

    Gordon said he knows that decision will rest ultimately with the national team manager but added that continuing his current form at Celtic will do his case no harm.

    “I can only keep doing what I’m doing here at Celtic and give the manager something to think about,” he said.

    “I would love to do that but that’s entirely up to him. I miss it. Every player wants to play at that level. It’s a great honour to go out and play for your country and I’ve loved every single time I’ve managed to do that.

    “I would love to get back and do that on a more regular basis but there are another good few goalies out there who are doing that on a regular basis.

    "So I have to concentrate on myself and if the manager goes with me to start in any of the next few games then I’d be delighted and do my best to try and keep that spot.

    “However, I’ve not spoken to him about it and I don’t think I’ll be asking anything as it’s entirely his call.”

    Gordon’s form for Celtic has been crucial in pushing the Hoops forward in all four competitions this season.

    His saves helped secure safe passage from the UEFA Europa League Group stages to set up a mammoth tie with Inter Milan in the last 32 of that tournament and his domestic form has seen Celtic reclaim top spot in the SPFL Premiership, reach the final of the Scottish League Cup, presented by QTS, and the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup.

    The Celtic goalie has shown that none of the talent he displayed when breaking through at Hearts and Sunderalnd has diminished during his time out of the game and puts that down to a tailored and specific training regime at Lennoxtown which has allowed him to regain his fitness.

    “It’s actually better now as it’s focused solely on me and my needs and what I need to do to be able to perform on a matchday,” said Gordon.

    “I had to be a little bit selfish in terms of what I need out of my training and just focus entirely on what I need to do.

    “Whether that’s coming out of shooting sessions to let younger goalies go in and take part in that because there’s not really a great deal in that for a goalkeeper other than picking the ball out the net.

    “If there’s others there that can go in and do that then I take myself out and go into the gym and do something that’s a little bit more productive for what I need to get the best out on a matchday.

    “I’ve tailored my training better now than I have done at any other part of my career and I’m better for it.”

    The keeper also expressed a new-found appreciation for the game since his return from injury.

    “I appreciate every moment,” he added. “To get a second chance at this level has been amazing.

    “I didn’t know what I was going to come back into or what level I’d manage to get to but I gave it everything I had to see what I could do and now I’ve got here so far and I’m looking forward trying to improve and get better as best I can.

    “I’m happy with the way things are going and I’m fit and in a good place. I’m ready to play games, which is a great bonus, considering where I’ve come from.

    “I’ve already got more than 30 games under my belt this season, which is probably unthinkable to most people coming into this season, and we still have probably more than 20 games to go.

    “So there are lots of games and I’m feeling good and I’ll try to play in as many of those as I can.”

    The next game for Gordon will be against Partick Thistle this evening (Wednesday) at Firhill, kick-off 7.45pm.

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