Celtic star Craig Gordon reveals reason why he wants to emulate Brad Friedel

Craig Gordon wants to do what Brad Friedel has done - play into his 40's.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has told The Herald that he wants to emulate Tottenham Hotspur's Brad Friedel - by playing into his 40's.

Gordon, 32, joined Celtic last summer on a free transfer, two years after being released by Sunderland following a spate of injuries - and having taken two years out of football entirely, some had major questions about just how good the former Hearts hero could be.

Any lingering doubts have been swept aside though, as Gordon has become a Celtic hero this season, conceding just 17 league goals in a remarkable campaign for him and the Celtic defence.

Gordon is now back in the Scotland squad as he continues to rebuild his career under Bhoys boss Ronny Deila, despite only being signed initially as a backup to Fraser Forster almost a year ago, before Forster's move to Southampton promoted Gordon to first choice.

With Celtic playing their final game of the season on Sunday against Inverness, Gordon has had some time to reflect on his amazing return to football - and has now set his sights on playing into his 40's!

Tottenham's Friedel recently confirmed to the club's official site that he will retire at the end of this season at the age of 43, calling time on a career spanning over 20 years.

Now, speaking to The Herald, Gordon says he wants to emulate Friedel's longevity by playing into his 40's - eight years away for the Scot - and he intends to do it with Celtic.

"I hope I can play for as long as I can,"said Gordon. "I've seen what it's like not playing. Although it was nice spending time at home with my two young girls, I want to play football for as long as I can. You're a long time retired and I got a little glimpse of that during my time out. I know how lucky I am to be able to keep playing."

"I'd like to try keep playing until I'm 40. If my body holds up to it I'll try to play as long as I can. Brad Friedel has just announced his retirement aged 43 so that gives me another 10 and a half years! I could have a while yet. I don't see me moving on from Celtic, certainly not at the moment," he added.

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