CRAIG GORDON welcomes the challenge of Allan McGregor in the new season.

His Scotland international glove rival will be back in focus after rejoining Sevco Rangers last month following the the end of his five-year deal with Championship outfit Hull City.

The 35-year-old Celtic keeper said: “Allan signing for Rangers puts him in the public eye a bit more.

“In the bottom half of the Championship, nothing much really gets reported up here. Whether he had a good or bad game, nobody would really notice.

“Up here, there will be more scrutiny, either good or bad. People will look at him.

“We will wait and see, but it definitely will be a talking point as we are both in the same league now.

“People will be able to compare us, but it won’t change our relationship at all. We will be absolutely fine.

“The competition is brilliant. That keeps me driven.

“You use any bit of motivation you can get and that’s what that is. There are a lot of good keepers at Celtic and with Scotland and that pushes everyone on.”

YIPPEE…Craig Gordon and Scott Brown celebrate the Scottish Cup win over Motherwell.

Gordon added: “The Goalies Union does exist. I would never wish a player in that position to do anything wrong or have a bad game.

“I just want to be the best I can possibly be and prove I am worth the shirt. It never comes into my head that I want the keeper to make a mistake. I just want my team to win the game.

“It’s not hard to wish another keeper well. Yes, I’d always want to be playing, but I would still help them if I could. If I have knowledge of the opposition or a certain player, then I would pass it on to the keeper.

“It’s about trying to get the best outcome for club or country. I want to win the game, no matter who is playing.

“But I still want to play at the highest level possible. I don’t want people to be talking about my age. I want them to say I’m playing better than I ever have.”

ROUND OF APPLAUSE…Craig Gordon salutes the Celtic support. Pics: Geo.

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