Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon told the Glasgow Evening Times that he felt tired at various points last season.
The Scottish shot stopper has explained that he’s feeling good ahead of pre-season and feels he benefited from the club enjoying prolonged spells of dominance in games last season, when he started to feel the effects of a long campaign.
Gordon has also explained in the Glasgow Evening Times how he feels his mentality has changed after he excelled with the club, after being given a chance when Ronny Deila signed him, which he may not have been expecting.
“I certainly feel good. There have been stages during the season in which I was a little tired, but perhaps one of the many benefits of playing for Celtic is that you can get games where you are not needed too often and you can get through without having to do too much,” he said.
“I think everything made me a stronger person,” he said. “I can put things in perspective much more easily now and I am probably a lot more relaxed than I was before. I think that can help you out on the pitch.”
A vital part of the side
Gordon is a vital part of the Celtic side because he has the experience and quality to impact games in several areas.
He’s a leader at the back of the team and his position as goalkeeper means he’s well placed to make adjustments to the back four based on what he sees developing in front of him.
That makes Celtic much more difficult to break down and he also weighs in with some vital saves on the occasions when the back four is breached in big games.
Important season for him mentally
Considering the injury problems Gordon has had in his career, it was important that he made it through last season without any issues other than a little fatigue.
That will do him the world of good looking ahead to the next campaign and his problems in the past, also make him more appreciative of the chances he gets to impress under Deila and it’s encouraging he seems determined to prolong his current fortunes.