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WILLIE MILLER’S TRIBUTE TO CRAIG GORDON

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SCOTLAND legend Willie Miller popped into the Scotland dressing room at Pittodrie to make a special presentation to Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon who last month joined the former Aberdeen defender in winning fifty caps for Scotland.

The big Celtic goalie was encouraged by his captains Scott Brown to say a few words and he received a tremendous ovation from his teammates in the Scotland squad.

Gordon won his 50th cap last month in the match against Slovakia which ended in a 2-2 draw and saw Scotland eliminated from the World Cup.

Miller spoke to the squad and the frustrations of playing for Scotland but reckoned that the worst thing that could happen to any of the players he was addressing was to suffer a serious injury.

Craig Gordon endured such a fate and this kept him out of football and created a gap in the period when he won his caps. His arrival at Celtic as a free agent, after Fraser Forster was sold to Southampton for £10million in 2015, started the long road back to top flight football for Gordon.

Brendan Rodgers’ arrival forced Gordon to consider other aspects of his game involving playing the ball out with his feet to find teammates in space. The big goalie adapted his game, despite the doubters, and after a period out of the side which last for 5 or 6 games, re-claimed his place and has been a regular ever since.

He is now first choice goalkeeper for both Celtic and Scotland and last winter was the subject of a bid by English Champions Chelsea to take him to Stamford Bridge.

Gordon rejected that opportunity and signed a new long term contract at Celtic.

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