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The year 2014 is reaching its end and it has been a year to forget for some nations and players including Mario Balotelli as the Italian forward continues to disappoint, Liverpool is another fine example of this. The Premier League club is crumbling in the lower section of the English standings but 2014 has also been a year of restitution for certain clubs and players and one of these is Celtic’s Craig Gordon.
Craig Gordon was released by Sunderland on May of 2012 and it wasn’t until a few weeks ago that the experienced Scottish goal-keeper managed to make his return to the playing grounds after recovering from his persistent knee injuries.
The 31 year old shot-stopper signed a 2 year long contract with Celtic and Gordon has been making a string of superb performances which has even allowed him on making a return to the international stage as he played for Scotland after not being able to represent his country in over 3 years due to injuries.
After having made an impressive return to the pitch and performed with his new club Celtic, Gordon was called up to perform for Scotland as he played Scotland’s matches against Germany, Georgia and Poland while also managing to make a substitute appearance when Scotland locked horns with England a few weeks ago.
During the final stages of Craig Gordon’s recovery, the Scottish goalkeeper trained with Rangers and the veteran player has now praised Rangers as he stated that his current stellar form and recovery from his injuries would have never been possible for him it hadn’t been for the Scottish club.
He said: “I was there most of last season working with their physios and doctors and trying to get myself to a level of fitness where I could compete again.Their help was invaluable. Without the physio Steve Walker I might not be where I am right now’’ Craig Gordon said as he praised all of the staff members of Rangers in the work they did towards the recovery of the Scottish goalkeeper.
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The manager of Scotland, Gordon Strachan has announced his list of players that will be performing in the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier match against Germany which is scheduled to take place on September 7. Scotland will be locking horns with the recently crowned champions of the world, Germany.
Scotland is aiming to get into and qualify in their first major tournament since 1998 but it will be against the squad that cruised past everyone else in the 2014 World Cup.
Celtic’s goalkeeper Craig Gordon was suffering from a number of injuries which kept him out of action from matches not only for his club but for Scotland as well. It has been over 2 years since the last time that the 31 year old shot-stopper has managed to play and represent his country, Scotland due to injuries.
Craig Gordon has recently completed his recovery and is once more performing for his club and will get the chance to represent Scotland at the international scene after having spent so much unavailable to play.
Gordon Strachan’s lineup of goalkeeper also includes David Marshall from Cardiff City and Allan McGregor of Hull City.
The schedule of Scotland includes matches against: Germany, Poland, Georgia and Republic of Ireland and even though it will be a tough series of matches for the team of Gordon Strachan, expectations are high for them to qualify and get into the 2016 Euro’s which will be held in France. Craig Gordon has been performing in the latest matches of Celtic and now with these international matches, it’s a good way for the Scottish shot-stopper to get back in full form and turn into a pivotal player not only for Celtic but also for his country which is what the experienced player wants to do.
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Craig Gordon’s 2011-12 season as a player of Sunderland saw him suffering from a number of consistent injuries which kept him out of action and unable to play for a considerably long period of time. The Scottish goalkeeper only managed on making 1 league appearance during his last season performing with the jersey of Sunderland before he was released by the club.
Gordon was released by Sunderland on May of 2012 but the Scottish shot-stopper has not signed or played with any other club up until now as Celtic signed him on a 2 year contract. Ever since his departure from Sunderland, Gordon has been working hard trying to recover from his physical conditions of years ago which saw him breaking an arm twice as well as having to recover from a knee injury he sustained some time ago.
Following his move to Celtic, Gordon said: “I feel good, I feel ready to play. I want to play games. I hopefully still have a long career ahead. For me to be here at all is an achievement in itself so I want to make the most of it. “It’s been a long hard slog to get to this point, but it is a new challenge and a new beginning for me here at Celtic. I need to work even harder to get appearances and get where I want to be. I would love to play for Scotland again, but I need to get back playing regular first-team games.”
Fraser Forster has been the undisputed goal-keeper for Celtic for 4 years but recently he has been linked with a move to Glasgow. The English shot-stopper is currently being tracked down by Southampton by Benfica but it still remains unclear as to what his future will be.