First team goalkeeper Craig Gordon today extended his contract with Celtic until 2018.

In his first season at the club, Gordon was voted Scottish Football Writers’ Player of the Year in what was an outstanding season for the 32 year old ex-Sunderland keeper.

The 32 year old goalie had big boots to fill, in the shape of Fraser Forster who Celtic sold to Southampton shortly after the embarrassment of the Legia Warsaw  Euro qualifiers last summer. The £10m fee was certainly a good piece of business for Celtic, given they were able to secure Craig Gordon for free!

Speaking about his contract extension Craig said: “I am absolutely delighted to extend my contract with Celtic, such a fantastic football club,”

“I have enjoyed my first year immensely at Celtic.”

After a very successful time at Hearts Gordon was sold to Sunderland for £8M but was forced out of the game for almost two years after being released by the Stadium of Light side. Many feared that Gordon would never play at the highest level again such were the extent of his injury problems.

However, he certainly proved the doubters wrong making 50 appearances for Celtic and playing a big part in winning the Scottish Premiership and League Cup last season as well as reach the last 32 of the Europa League.

Ronny Deila said of the contract extension for his goalie: “This is brilliant news and we’re all delighted that Craig has extended his contract at the club.

“He was my first signing as Celtic manager and since he joined us last summer, he has been an important member of the squad and he’s made a great contribution to our success.

“Craig’s a top-class goalkeeper and we’re lucky to have him here at Celtic.”

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