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Craig Gordon warns Celtic ahead of Inverness clash

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Craig Gordon has warned his Celtic teammates to prepare for a physical test when the two teams meet in the Scottish Cup semi-finals at Hampden Park.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has told the Daily Record that his team will need to be at their best to beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle in Sunday's Scottish Cup semi-final tie.

The goalkeeper does not think that Saturday’s result will have much bearing on the game, but he has admitted Caley Thistle have proved what difficult opposition they can be.

Gordon is preparing for a battle at Hampden Park on Sunday and will be hoping the Bhoys will be able to harness their physical qualities as well as their ability to keep the ball in order to overcome a well-drilled Inverness CT team.

Speaking to the Daily Record, the Scotland international goalkeeper was adamant that his team were in for a physical game and is preparing for more of the same.

“The one thing for sure is we know we are in for a battle,” he said. “Inverness were up for it on Saturday and put us under pressure. Both teams were trying to press the ball high and it made for a frantic game.

“If it’s anything to go by then they will look to do the same again. Hopefully we will play better and get our passing going again.”

The difference in playing surface between the Caledonian Stadium and Hampden Park is another factor that could make a difference as it will allow Celtic to play a passing game, but Gordon was clear that the improved surface will also suit Caley Thistle, who are capable of hurting Celtic by playing a passing game.

Neither team wanted to lose on Saturday and risk giving the other the upper hand, and it will be a big task for Caley Thistle to go and replicate their energetic performance if Celtic are keeping the ball like they are capable of.

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