Scotland manager Gordon Strachan has hailed Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon, having witnesses the veteran shot-stopper revitalise his career at Parkhead this season.
A series of knee injuries had forced the 31-year-old out of the game for two years prior to signing 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 has since earned a recall to Strachan’s squad to backup Hull City’s Allan McGregor and Cardiff’s David Marshall, but the recent praise suggests he might soon be in contention to reclaim the number one job if his current form continues.
‘He’s been absolutely magnificent. He’s probably been Celtic’s top player this year,’ Strachan told ITV following the Hoops’ 2-1 Europa League win over Astra Giurgiu.
‘He’s been out nearly two years, so to come back like he has done is absolutely fantastic.
‘It just shows what strength he as, because most people probably wouldn’t get back playing again.
‘He’s now back and as good as he was before he got injured.’
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, the former £9 million man has an excellent chance to add to that total moving forward.