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BIG-GAME GORDON’S TARGET

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CRAIG GORDON is in no mood to let up as he enjoys a resurgence in his career that was put in jeopardy five years ago.

The 34-year-old goalkeeper was out of the game for two seasons with shoulder and knee complications before before making a dramatic comeback with Celtic.

Gordon, who has seen his club and country form soar since returning to the game, has already pledged his long-term future to the six-in-a-row champions.

He faced his first club Hearts on Sunday to play his part in Brendan Rodgers’ side’s Premiership success – almost a decade after leaving Tynecastle in a £9million move to Sunderland, a British record for a shotstopper.

The Scotland international No.1, who celebrated his third straight championship success in the 5-0 win in the capital, said: “It feels like the beginning of something special.

“We want to keep winning and keep developing. This is a team that can keep getting better because we are all hungry and we have a manager that is going to keep raising the bar.

“That can only keep pushing us forward and it just feels as though this is an exciting time to be at the football club.

“There is so much optimism and enthusiasm, but it is married to an intensity and a thirst for improvement all the time.

“We have a manager who has been excellent, who has proved himself to be one of the top coaches in the game and that has been reflected in the standards we have set this season.”

Looking forward to European football again, Gordon added: “That is the aim and that is the aim every season.

“We have all had a taste of it and I think that would serve us well if we were to get back into the group stages because this season there were a number of us who had never featured at that level.

“But the challenge is getting through the qualifiers. Those are tough games, no-one needs to tell us that.

“So, it is vital that while we allow ourselves to enjoy this season and appreciate just what we have done when the curtain comes down.

“There is a feeling among all of us that we want to keep going.

“We want to come back refreshed and ready for the big push that gets us into the group stages.

“It is the most important time of the season, so it is imperative that we come back ready to hit the ground running.”

 
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