Charlie Mulgrew: 'Class' Craig Gordon was a great signing by Ronny Deila

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Celtic utility man Charlie Mulgrew has paid tribute to team-mate Craig Gordon.

Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew has told The Sun that he knew goalkeeper Craig Gordon would be a 'great signing' after his arrival almost a year ago.

Mulgrew, 29, has missed a large chunk of the season through injury, but managed to play 45 minutes in the 0-0 draw against St. Johnstone on Friday.

The Scotland international will now be hoping to get himself ready for pre-season and of course next term, where the versatile former Aberdeen star will be needed, given that he can play at left back, centre back or in midfield.

After a long absence, Mulgrew has spent the last few months watching on from the sidelines, giving him a great view of Gordon's displays.

Gordon, 32, had been out of football since his release by Sunderland in 2012, but made a return after two years away from the game, joining Celtic as a free agent to be backup to Fraser Forster.

Yet, just a month later, Forster was sold to Southampton, meaning Gordon - who had been injury prone at Sunderland - would be the first choice stopper under Ronny Deila.

The results have been incredible, with Gordon proving his worth to Celtic on a weekly basis and becoming the biggest bargain of Deila's reign so far - and Mulgrew says that, having played for Scotland alongside Gordon, he knew he would be a great signing for Deila and Celtic.

"He’s class," said Mulgrew. "I had seen him with Scotland and he is a class keeper. So I knew he would be a great signing and he has proved me right. He is a good professional and a top, top keeper," he added.

Celtic have conceded just 17 goals in 37 Premiership games this season, forging an incredible defence - and goalkeeper Gordon has been a huge part of that this term.

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