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Celtic keeper having cracker of a Christmas

By Ronnie Espline

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon will enjoy the type of festive season he did not even dare to dream about a year ago.

Last Christmas the 31-year-old was without a club after leaving Sunderland in May 2012, and had a knee injury that threatened his career.

However, Gordon fought back and won himself a deal with the Hoops in the summer and after taking over as number one when Fraser Forster left for Southampton, he has gone from strength to strength.

The former Hearts keeper has returned to the Scotland fold, is looking forward to facing Inter Milan in the last-32 of the Europa League and is in with a chance of winning three domestic trophies.

Ahead of the visit of Ross County on Saturday, Gordon was asked if he could have predicted such a rehabilitation.

"No chance," he said. "That has by far exceeded anything I thought was possible.

"This time last year I wasn't contracted anywhere so I stayed at home with family. This year is a little bit different

"At the same time it shows what can be done if you work hard enough to get there.

"I put the hard work in, "When I came to Celtic I didn't know whether Fraser would still be here or where I would be in the goalkeeping ranks but it couldn't have worked out much better.

"Number one was an aim but I didn't know if it was achievable.

"I managed to get in there and play a number of games.

"But I can't rest on that, I have to continue to push on and try to improve.

"I would love to finish the season as a winner of one, maybe two, maybe three trophies.

"We will try our best but we know how difficult that is going to be.

"We seen that at the weekend, on any given day teams can beat you."

Gordon was referring to the 2-1 defeat by Dundee United at Tannadice.

But the Hoops keeper is confident that Celtic will bounce back against the struggling Staggies.

He said: "It is an awkward one against Ross County.

"They are capable of scoring goals and we have to be wary of that."

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