LEIGH GRIFFITHS rates Craig Gordon as easily the greatest goalkeeper in the country.

The Scotland international made his Champions League group stages debut in the 3-3 draw with Manchester City.

Dorus de Vries, Brendan Rodgers’ ex-goalie at Swansea, started the weekend game against Kilmarnock before sustaining an injury with Gordon replacing him at the interval in the 6-1 win.

The 33-year-old former Hearts and Sunderland No.1 got the nod to face City with the Dutchman on the bench.

Griffiths said: “Craig’s the best keeper in Scotland by a country mile. The big man is top drawer.

“It’s unfortunate he got dropped, but he earned his place and I don’t think he could do much about the goals.

“At times he kept us in it and I’m sure he’ll be delighted with his performance.”

Griffiths, who has made two subs’ appearances after injuring a hamstring against Aberdeen a month ago, has watched Moussa Dembele score eight goals in that period, including a derby hat-trick against Rangers and his midweek double against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League table-toppers.

He said: “Moussa’s on flames. Everybody keeps saying ‘Moussa’s this, Moussa’s that’, but it’s a squad game, I’ve been injured and the big man’s stepped up to the plate.

“There’s no one more delighted than me that he’s scored again. He’s keeping me out of the team and rightly so, but if the manager can accommodate us both, then brilliant.

“If not, I’ll need to sit on the bench because he’s earned the right to play.”

Dembele has now claimed 12 for the campaign with Griffiths, last season’s 40-goal hitman, on eight.


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