CRAIG GORDON was left with a broken arm on one of the last occasions he clashed with Jermain Defoe.

The keeper was playing for Sunderland against Spurs 10 years ago when he received the injury following a late challenge from the striker.

Gordon’s arm was shattered and the Scotland international required THREE operations to repair the damage.

The shotstopper admitted to blanking phone calls from Defoe who attempted to get in touch to make an apology after the incident at White Hart Lane.

Gordon, though, now insists there will be no animosity when the pair meet again following the 36-year-old attacker’s 18-month loan move to Ibrox from Bournemouth.

The Hoops are due to meet Steven Gerrard’s side for the third time on Premiership business at Parkhead on March 30 and the goalie and the hitman could come face to face again.

Gordon, whose career was in jeopardy due to injuries before he made a dramatic comeback at Parkhead in 2014, said: “It was Defoe who caused my broken arm, a lot of years ago, and there has been a lot of water under the bridge since then, so I’ll be getting on with it.

“I wasn’t happy at the time. I was annoyed. I did think he meant to kick me rather than the ball, which happens in tackles.

“Sometimes you mean to give the player a little kick, that can happen, but I’m not suggesting he meant to break my arm.

“He’s not that type of player. He never would have meant to do that.

“It was a bad challenge which didn’t need to be made, but I’m not going to make a big thing about it. It’s done and in the past.

“I feel strong, I’ve come back. It’s not something that will be in my mind.

“He did try to contact me afterwards, but I declined the opportunity to speak to him. I was still too angry at that time but that’s long finished.

“I played against him for Sunderland after it. He was just another player. I’d shake his hand. There won’t be any problem. It’s a long time ago, it should remain in the past and we can get on with it.”

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