Craig Gordon hasn't taken much interest in Celtic developments

By David Walton

July 27, 2021

Hearts captain Craig Gordon has admitted that he hasn’t taken any real interest in the goings on at Celtic heading into their Premiership opener.

The Jambos will face the Hoops at Tynecastle on matchday one of the Premiership season. Gordon has already faced Celtic since leaving back in the summer of 2019 after partaking in their Scottish Cup final loss back in December 2020.

Gordon was a treble-treble winner with the Bhoys after spending five years in Glasgow. During that period, he also became an invincible treble winner under Brendan Rodgers.

But despite everything he managed at Parkhead, he hasn’t been tuning in to see how Celtic have been getting on. Instead, he’s focusing solely on his Hearts duties as he claims now is an ideal time to face Ange Postecoglou’s side.

As quoted by the Edinburgh Reporter, Gordon said: “I’ve not taken to much notice of Celtic to be honest. There’s been enough games here to keep me busy and I’ve got added responsibility of the captaincy now, so I’ve not really looked at anything other than ourselves.

“I’m sure they’ll sort whatever out. They’ll always be able to sign new players with the money and the means they have, so I’m sure they’ll look to add before the end of the window and there might be some more moving out you just don’t know.

“It’s probably good to get Celtic as early as possible. They’re trying to rebuild. Hopefully we can catch them a little early in season, but we know that’s going to be a really difficult task. We’ll need to play to the very best of our abilities. We got close last season in the last cup game we played them in, so we’ll give it our best shot and see if we can get through.”

Craig Gordon and Celtic tension continues

When players leave Celtic, you always get a vibe when they talk about the club as to what terms they left on. You can always tell with Gordon that things ended on a sour note when he left Parkhead.

After refusing to take a wage cut, the Scotland international moved back to his first club. Since then, he’s hardly been overly enthused and certainly doesn’t show much warmth towards Celtic.

The fact that he hasn’t paid much attention to Celtic shows you where he’s at. Or at least so he says.

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But whether he’s tuning into our matches or not, Gordon will represent a complicated barrier on Saturday. He made several good saves in December’s Scottish Cup final. And it’s fair to say he’ll be going all in to ruin the Hoops’ league opener under Postecoglou.

Not that Celtic don’t have the firepower to ensure this isn’t a problem. We’ll likely have Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti available for selection. Same could go for Leigh Griffiths too assuming he shrugs off his calf injury.

It’s going to be an interesting clash this weekend for sure. Hearts vs Celtic doesn’t need any subplots for it to be entertaining. But Gordon coming up against his former side certainly adds to the occasion.

In other news: Report: Leigh Griffiths injured; didn’t travel with Celtic squad to Denmark