Matthews suggested that Gordon showed the consistency needed over all competitions for the massive club, while dealing with the mental challenge of fighting his way back to his very best after injury.
“Craig was brilliant for us, not just in Europe, but in the league as well. His performances were exceptional,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“The way he bounced back from his mistake in the first leg against Inter showed the character of the man. Hopefully he can keep performing like that for us in Europe this season.”
Why Gordon is vital for Celtic
Gordon is a vital part of the side under Ronny Deila for a number of reasons.
He’s got experience and knows how to deal with the big moments and he makes the right decisions in environments where weaker individuals could become a little intimidated by the occasion.
That’s positive for Celtic because his calmness can rub off on those around him, ensuring that the side performs more effectively in the high pressure and high intensity moments.
Organisation is key
Gordon plays in a position where he’s able to offer help in terms of organising the back four and the midfield.
He can view the play from a position where he’s able to get instructions out to key players, based on where he can see a weakness and where he can see the opposition building danger.
That takes some of the pressure away from the manager, enabling Celtic to adjust more quickly rather than having to rely on instructions coming from the sideline.