Celtic boss Ronny Deila tips Craig Gordon to reclaim Scotland spot

Celtic boss Ronny Deila is backing a now-injury-free Craig Gordon to win back the number one jersey with Scotland.

Celtic manager Ronny Deila is confident that goalkeeper Craig Gordon will eventually reclaim the number one job with Scotland if his current form continues.

A series of knee injuries had seen the 31-year-old out of the game for two years prior to singing for the Scottish Champions this summer, where he has since proved a revelation in replacing Southampton-bound Fraser Forster between the sticks.

The former Heats and Sunderland ace was recalled to Gordon Strachan’s squad earlier this month to backup Hull City’s Allan McGregor and Cardiff’s David Marshall but, following a dazzling display in Celtic’s 2-2 Europa League opener at Red Bull Salzburg, Deila believes it won’t be long before he surpasses the pair.

‘Of course he can do that. I think Gordon is saying the same,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘He has keepers doing the same job and the question is who is doing it the best. That is his decision.

‘I think Craig has been very good and, of course, Gordon has the problem with at least three goalkeepers I know about who are very good, so that is good for Scotland.’

Gordon last appeared in a Scotland shirt in November 2010, having earned 40 caps since his 2004 debut, but, after getting over the fitness problems which blighted his five-season spell at the Stadium of Light, he looks to be rediscover the form which first saw the Black Cats spend £9 million on his signature in 2007.

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