Quick links


Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon thankful for Ronny Deila's faith

Craig Gordon has had an impressive first season playing for Celtic.

Craig Gordon has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he is very thankful for the faith that Ronny Deila has put in him this season.

Deila brought Gordon to Celtic last summer, despite the Scotland international's struggles with injury, and the former Sunderland man admits that he is grateful to be working with a manager that has trusted him so much.

Deila's faith has been repaid by the goalkeeper, who has been one of the Bhoys' star players this season, but the transition has not been as easy as Gordon has made it seem.

The 32-year-old says that he has never played in a team which has put such a precedence on playing passing football before and he has had to adapt his own kicking game to suit the team's style. 

"He has changed the way the team played and he stressed how much he wanted the team to play from the back," he said. "I had never done that at any previous club I had been at and that was a new challenge.

"I have worked hard on that aspect of my game and he always seemed to have a confidence in me that I would be able to adapt to that. Being backed like that by a manager is a good feeling, and it definitely makes you go out on to the pitch and want to play for him and for the team."

Gordon was not the only member of Celtic's team to take a while to adjust to Deila's methods, with the side making a slow start, but they have fully adapted now. 

The Bhoys have been the dominant force in Scottish football and their domestic double means that Deila's first season at Parkhead has been an impressive one.

The hope is that the young manager can keep the side progressing at this rate and the aim for next term will be to claim the treble, which they came so close to winning this season. 

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch