Craig Gordon believes he's the best Scottish goalkeeper, not Marshall or McGregor

Scotland Football

Craig Gordon is certainly confident in his ability after claiming that he should be Scotland's first choice goalkeeper.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has told the Daily Express that his mentality is always that he is the best Scottish goalkeeper around.

It's been a whirlwind season for Gordon. The 32-year-old had been in the football wilderness since his release from Sunderland in 2012, with the Black Cats cutting ties with the ex-Hearts stopper after a number of injury problems in his five years on Wearside.

It was Celtic who gave him a chance two years later though, and in the summer of 2014, Gordon signed as the understudy to first-choice goalkeeper Fraser Forster - only to be thrust into the limelight when Forster left for Southampton a month later.

Despite the injury problems that plagued him in the Premier League, Gordon has been an ever present for Celtic, making 42 appearances in all competitions this season and becoming a fans favourite for his consistent displays.

It's something Gordon could only have dreamt of after two years away from football, but now he's back to his best - and also back in the Scotland squad.

Gordon has 41 caps to his name, and is now in competition with David Marshall - formerly of Celtic - and ex-Rangers star Allan McGregor as Scotland boss Gordon Strachan is presented with an embarrassment of riches between the sticks.

Nobody knows who will be in goal for Scotland when they face Northern Ireland tonight, but Gordon told the Daily Express that he believes he's the best goalkeeper available for Strachan.

"I have to think that I’m Scotland’s No 1 because if I did not have that mindset, it would be wrong," said Gordon. "It doesn’t matter if the manager picks me first, second or third, my mentality still has to be I am the best. I have to think that to go out and perform to my best, otherwise I am already compromised thinking someone else is better than me. I won’t ever do that."

With such fierce competition for just one spot, Gordon knows he's in a real battle - and regardless of who starts, he says he's just focusing on his job with Celtic and hoping that his performances can catch the eye of Strachan.

"It’s the manager’s call. All I can do is keep doing everything I can for Celtic and when we go away to give a good account of myself in training and see if I can get a game," he added.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch