CRAIG GORDON has admitted that playing games of football was more important to him than winning 10IAR on the bench with Celtic. The 37-year-old re-signed with Hearts, thirteen years after leaving Tynecastle and arrives as the club’s new No.1 keeper. The goalkeeper spent six years with the Scottish Champions before his contract ended this summer and no deal could be agreed to retain him as the club look towards winning 10IAR.
As Gordon was revealed as a Hearts player today, he admitted to Hearts TV that the draw of 10IAR was not as important to him as playing games, resulting in his decision to leave Celtic.
“The main thing was that I needed to be back playing.
“From last season, Celtic again very successful winning their ninth title in a row, but I didn’t play a single league game.
“So to stick around for the opportunity to try get 10, it wasn’t something that was going to be for me, because I wasn’t going to be the first-choice goalkeeper there.
“It was going to be difficult for me to force myself back in there so for me it was the right time to move on.”
Scott Bain ousted Gordon as club No.1 in January 2019 before Gordon managed to win the gloves back after Bain’s injury. However, Fraser Forster’s arrival demoted Gordon once again and he was unable to force his way back into the side.
Gordon thanked the club, the staff, his teammates and the supporters who have supported him during his trophy laden spell with the Scottish Champions in an emotional Instagram post. Gordon was a true servant and managed to showcase why Sunderland once paid £9m for him with some incredible performances in his debut season under Ronny Deila as well as being a colossus at the back during his time at the club.