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.
Former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon’s career appeared to have finished after he was released by Sunderland at the end of the 2012 season, but the 31-year-old is now targeting a return to football and even the Scottish national team. Gordon was once regarded as one of the most promising goalkeepers in the world. He made a £ 9 million move to Sunderland in 2007, which was then the highest fee paid for a British goalkeeper. However, a succession of injuries during his time at the stadium of light has robbed him out of potentially great career.
It was revealed in the summer that Gordon may decide to enter into football management or even coaching. Even though he did not announced his retirement from the game, the injury problems and the lack of new club appeared to have ended his time in football. However, he has made a surprising return by virtue of using the training facilities at Rangers. Almost at 100% fitness, the 31-year-old has said that he is now targeting a return to international football. A number of Scottish clubs are thought to be interested in his services.
Gordon has declared that he wants to add to the 40 caps he has for the Scottish national team, the last of which came in 2010.
“I want to add to my 40 Scotland caps. That has been what’s driving me. I had a few injury problems, that’s no secret. My latest problem was with my patella tendon, which has taken a couple of operations and quite a few injections. But now I’m able to do all of the things I could do before. I’ve been back training for the last three months and everything has been going well, so I’m hoping to get a club in the near future,” said Gordon.
It is more than obvious that the disastrous season of Fulham might lead them to get relegated in this campaign with the most significant display of negative results being show back in October 26 when they lost against Southampton with a final scoreboard of 2-0 and the upcoming 6 matches saw them not being able to secure a single triumph as they suffered from consecutive defeats against Manchester United, Liverpool, Swansea, West Ham, Tottenham and Leicester City.
The consistent number of losses forced the club on having to make a change in managers and Martin Jol was sacked with Rene Meulensteen taking up the spot.
While it seems as it has only been a nightmare of a season for Fulham, there are some positive things to take in and one of those is Steve Sidwell who has been enjoying a consistent campaign and one of the few players that has actually pushed the club into higher spots in the Premier League.
Steve Sidwell is out of contract at the end of the current season and the midfielder rejected a 12 month extension made by the club in October and Meulensteen spoke on a press conference regarding the 31 years old midfielder.
“It’s clear that Steve would love to stay here. He’s doing very well here so I hope we come to a suitable solution. He will definitely get the credit he deserves from us. His fellow team-mates respect him, as does the staff, for the tremendous job he does for us.” Meulensteen stated.
For the past few months Dimitar Berbatov was rumored to be seeing his way out of Fulham with a number of clubs keeping close tabs on the Bulgarian player who was believed to want a different place to spend the remainder of the season and Sidwell had nothing but praise for Berbatov as he wanted the former Manchester United player to stay with Fulham but ultimately a loan deal to As.Monaco was agreed.
Berbatoc will be playing for the French side mostly as a direct replacement for the Colombian forward Radamel Falcao who is injured for the remainder of the season.