‘He meant to kick me rather than the ball,’ Celtic Star on Defoe’s bone breaking challenge

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CRAIG GORDON yesterday recalled the nasty challenge on him by new Ibrox loan signing Jermain Defoe which left the big goalkeeper with a broken arm.

“I wasn’t happy at the time. I was annoyed,” the Celtic keeper said to the media.

“I did think he meant to kick me rather than the ball, which happens in tackles anyway.

“Sometimes you mean to give the player a little kick, that can happen, and I’m not suggesting he meant to break my arm. He’s not that type of player. He never would have meant to do that.

“I just felt it was a bad challenge which didn’t need to be made. I’m not going to make a big thing about it. That’s done and in the past.

“I’ve come back, I feel strong. It’s not something that will be in my mind.”

And Gordon revealed that Defoe, who last week claimed that he knocked back Crystal Palace to join the Rangers on loan (a claim that was denied by the Premier League strugglers), did try to contact him after the horror challenge, but he blanked him.

“He did try to contact me afterwards but I declined the opportunity to speak to him. I was still too angry at that particular time. But that’s long finished now,” Gordon stated.

“I played against him for Sunderland after it. He was just another player. It’s not something you can go into a game thinking about.

“Lots of players get injured because of a tackle, you play against them and that’s just the way it is.

“I’d shake his hand, no problem. I’m just going to get on with the game. There won’t be any problem between us,” Gordon said.

The Celtic goalkeeper recognises the goalscoring threat of the veteran striker who looks like seeing out his playing career in Govan.

“He’s coming to the end of his career now but, in terms of goalscoring, there haven’t been many better around the British game over recent years. He always seems to hit the target.

“I can’t see that being any different. He’s always been a good finisher and will be someone to watch out for next time.

“But we’ll focus more on ourselves, the signings we’ll make, and improving how we are.”

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