The impressive Craig Gordon streak Celtic have to end on Saturday

By John McGinley

July 26, 2021

Although the immediate Celtic focus is on Wednesday night and a massive clash against FC Midtjylland, there’s another huge game this week we can’t forget about.

I have to be honest, as a supporter, I do have one eye on Saturday night’s match away to Hearts at Tynecastle.

Yes, Robbie Neilson’s side have just gained promotion, but they have a squad capable of competing in the Scottish Premiership and will be going all out to secure a result under the lights at the old Edinburgh ground.

It’s not that I fear Hearts, more that I do anticipate this to be a tough encounter that will tell us a lot about the current state of Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic.

And it just so happens they are in imperious defensive form. In fact, goalkeeper Craig Gordon hasn’t conceded a goal in 11 competitive matches.

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Craig Gordon is racking up the clean sheets ahead of Celtic

The former Celtic star, who was part of Brendan Rodgers’ Invincibles, has pretty much been unbeatable between the sticks stretching back to March.

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Hearts did suffer a 3-2 defeat to Queen Of The South at the end of that month, but Gordon was not involved in the squad.

He’s kept shutouts against Ayr United, Arbroath, Dunfermline, Alloa, Morton, Inverness CT, Raith Rovers, Peterhead, Cove Rangers, Stirling Albion and Inverness CT again.

It’s true that these teams are hardly world-beaters, but it’s an impressive streak nonetheless and demonstrates his confidence will be high heading into Saturday’s match.

In truth, it’s not much of a surprise. Gordon did keep over 120 clean sheets in 242 matches for the Bhoys after all.

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With the backdrop of Celtic’s goalkeeping woes continuing, no doubt a competitor like Gordon will be out to prove a point to his old club too.

At 38, and captain of the Jam Tarts, he’ll be desperate to show he can still compete at the top level in Scotland.

Regardless of what happens against Midtjylland on Wednesday, Celtic can’t really afford to get off to a slow start in the Scottish Premiership, so this is a streak the Bhoys have to end and get three points on the board.

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