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CHAMPS SALUTE DEPARTING HERO

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CELTIC have hailed Craig Gordon and thanked the keeper for six years of outstanding service.

The 37-year-old shotstopper left the nine-in-a-row champions at the end of his contract at the start of the month and agreed a two-year deal with his former club Hearts today.

Boss Neil Lennon, speaking to the club website, said: “Craig has been great for Celtic and I wish him nothing but success for the future.

“He is someone who has played a massive role in so many great moments for the club over a number of years and he deserves real thanks and congratulations for all he has given us.

“For club and country, Craig has always been a top professional and I am sure he will continue to enjoy success in his career. We wish him the very best.”

Chief Executive Peter Lawwell added: “I would like to thank Craig sincerely for everything he gave to the club. Craig has been a tremendous servant to Celtic over a number of years and always given his best to the club.

He has overcome some huge challenges in his career, showing real determination and courage. Throughout his time at Celtic delivered some brilliant performances. Ultimately, he has played a major role in delivering some major successes to the club and this is something we will always appreciate.

“Craig has always been an excellent professional and on behalf of everyone at the club, I wish him and his family all the very best for the future.”

Gordon overcame career-threatening injuries to sign for the Hoops in the summer of 2014 two years after being released by Sunderland who had paid £9million to sign him from the Tynecastle side in 2007.

The towering netminder was Ronny Deila’s first signing for the club as a replacement for Fraser Forster who was on his way to Southampton in a £10million move.

He made his competitive debut on August 13 in a 3-0 league win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park and went on to make a total of 242 appearances.Gordon, capped 54 times by Scotland, won six league titles, five League Cups and three Scottish Cups with the Parkhead club.

 
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