CELTIC keeper Craig Gordon is determined to keep the Hoops’ No.1 spot and relegate glove rival Dorus de Vries to the subs’ bench.
The Scotland shotstopper returned to the side last week to make his debut in the group stages of the Champions League after the Dutchman sustained a chest strain while losing a 40-yard goal in the 6-1 win over Kilmarnock at Parkhead. De Vries was replaced at half time in that match by Brendan Rodgers who had clearly made a decision that Gordon would start in the next match.
Gordon played in the 3-3 draw against Manchester City and, with the crucial double-header looming against Borussia Monchengladbach as well as the forthcoming Betfred League Cup semi-final, he is in no mood to step down.
He said: “There is no bigger incentive to stay in the team than the thought of playing regular Champions League football.
“It is international week now and all I want is to try and stay in.
“I have a lot of respect for the manager and whatever happens is his decision. We have a good relationship, but like any player, I want to be out there.
“However, it has been a good few weeks and, hopefully, I will get back to Celtic on the back of strong international results and we can take it from there.”
Gordon’s omission from the team for a few weeks may actually work in Celtic’s favour. As far as the support is concerned his absence made our hearts grow fonder and with a return of confidence and form, Craig Gordon could be a key player for Celtic as Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge progresses.