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Big clashes on horizon aren't a distraction for Celtic, says goalkeeper Gordon

 

By Ronnie Esplin

Goalkeeper Craig Gordon insists his eyes are solely on Dundee as Celtic prepare for three crucial away games in succession.

The Hoops travel to Tayside tonight for the Betfred Cup quarter-final before facing Rangers in the Ladbrokes Premiership at Ibrox on Saturday.

Boss Brendan Rodgers then takes his side to Belgium for Wednesday's second Champions League Group B game against Anderlecht, where the result will go a long way to determining the Parkhead club's future in Europe.

Most of the attention may be on the fixtures in Govan and Brussels, but Gordon is looking no further than Dens Park, where the visitors will look to extend their unbeaten domestic run to 56 games.

"It is the next game so that is the one we focus on," the 34-year-old Scotland international said. "We try to keep winning.

"We feel as if we are playing fairly well. We have done what we set out to do this season in terms of qualifying for the Champions League and maintaining our unbeaten domestic run so we go into it looking forward to it."

The former Hearts and Sunderland keeper is still purring from the pleasure of denying Davis Keillor-Dunn in the 4-0 win over Ross County at Celtic Park on Saturday.

Staggies boss Jim McIntyre described Gordon's second save in a double block as "incredible", the first having come from Craig Curran.

"It was a good save, one that I am very pleased with and it is nice to contribute," he said. "At that stage it was only 2-0 and within a minute it goes to 3-0 and the game is over. It was a big moment for me because it means it is a big moment in the game.

"You can perhaps do that at 3-0 or 4-0 and it doesn't have a big consequence but that one did and that's what makes a good save special."

Meanwhile, Rodgers was glad to see Neil McCann make the move from the pundit chair into management at Dundee.

The former Rangers, Hearts and Scotland winger came out of the Sky Sports studio with five Ladbrokes Premiership games remaining last season to help the club he started and ended his playing career with to stay in the top flight.

After achieving that feat he returned on a permanent basis in the summer.

"I am delighted that Neil got out of that comfortable chair in the studio," said the Ulsterman, who will have defender Dedryck Boyata available for the first time this season after a knee injury.

"I don't know Neil that well but he was a fantastic player and he is looking for his teams to play with that sort of charisma.

"They have been playing 4-4-2 and he is trying against the odds at times to get the players to build the game from behind.

"He is trying not to just win, but to win in a way which is important to him.

"You have a philosophy and an idea from all the games you have commentated on and now the spotlight is on you. I think he has handled himself very well."

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