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GORDON AIMS TO END 11-YEAR CUP WAIT

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CELTIC keeper Craig Gordon is determined to end his 11-year wait for a second Scottish Cup-winner’s medal tomorrow.
The Scotland international won his first honour in the competition with former club Hearts when they beat Gretna on penalty-kicks in 2006.
At 34, he now has the opportunity to double that tally against Aberdeen at Hampden as the Hoops chase the treble and the curtain prepares to come down on a memorable campaign during Brendan Rodgers’ debut season in charge.
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Gordon looked back at the previous success and said: “That was a great day for me and to do it again and be part of a treble season would be unbelievable.
“I remember thinking that was just the first of many opportunities that I would have to win Cup competitions.

“I probably took it for granted a little bit first time around, but the older you get, you realise that those don’t come along very often, especially one like this with the chance to go and get a treble.

“Even at a big club like Celtic , I have not managed to win the Scottish Cup. This is my third season here and we have not managed to win it.

“They don’t come around as often as you think, so we have to make sure we enjoy it. The only way you can do that is by going out and winning the game.”

Gordon continued: “It is good to finish the season unbeaten and you can’t be in a much better place going into a Cup Final. Everyone is looking forward to it.

“It is a great opportunity to make history, to be one of the best teams that has every played for this club.

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“If we can do it, we will always be remembered and to be part of that is very special.

“You don’t get many occasions during your career to get something like that on your CV, so we are looking forward to it.”

However, Gordon, who has won three league titles and two League Cups at Parkhad, is wary of the favourites’ tag, even against a side they have beaten five times this season.

He warned: “You can lose any match to anybody.

“That’s what makes the season we have had so special so far.

“We know we are one game away from being unbeaten the entire domestic season.

“The manager said he didn’t think that would be done again in a lifetime, so it is a massive opportunity for us, one that we can’t ignore.

“If we play with the confidence we have been playing with, then we will give ourselves a great chance.

“They are the second best team, there is no doubt about that.

“We have found it difficult against them. We have managed to come out on top, but certainly they have given us very good games and I am sure it will be no different this time.”

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