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.
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.