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Gordon out to end his 11-year itch and earn place in Celtic history

 

By Ronnie Esplin

Celtic keeper Craig Gordon is hoping to end his 11-year wait for a second William Hill Scottish Cup this weekend.

The Scotland international was between the sticks for Hearts in the 2006 final when the Jambos beat Gretna in a penalty shoot-out.

Gordon thought it would be the first of several Scottish Cup medals but at 34 he has still not added to it, although that long wait could come to an end tomorrow when the treble-chasing Hoops, unbeaten domestically this season, take on Aberdeen at Hampden Park.

The former Sunderland keeper, who signed for the Parkhead club in 2014 after a long period out with injury, said: "That was a great day for me to win the Scottish Cup with Hearts and to do it again and be part of a treble season would be unbelievable.

"I remember thinking that was just the first of many opportunities. I probably took it for granted a little bit the first time, but for everybody, the closer you get to the end of your career the more important these become.

"The older you get, you realise that those don't come along very often, especially one like this with the chance of a treble.

"Even at Celtic, I have not managed a Scottish Cup."

Gordon is also excited about the possibility of joining Celtic's treble-winning club, which currently includes the teams from 1967, 1969 and 2001.

He said: "It is good to finish the season unbeaten and you can't be in a much better place going into a cup final. Everyone is looking forward to it.

"It is a great opportunity to make history, to be one of the best teams that has ever played for this club.

"If we can do it we will always be remembered and to be part of that is very special."

However, Gordon, who has won three league titles and two Betfred Cups since joining Celtic, is wary of the favourites' tag.

He said: "That's football. You can lose to anybody. That's what makes the season we have had so special. If we play with the confidence we have been playing with then we will give ourselves a great chance."

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