Craig Gordon’s time as Celtic and Scotland number one may have come to an end, but he’s not prepared to give up on a future return just yet.

The Hoops goalkeeper has lost both of his places with Celtic and Scotland to Scott Bain. Bain has 11 clean sheets in 15 matches since coming in after the winter break.

In the meantime, Gordon has been suffering with a knock. The former Hearts and Sunderland man hasn’t featured in a Celtic squad since the 2-0 win at Easter Road against Hibernian nearly three weeks ago.

Craig Gordon hasn’t played since the 1-0 loss to Rangers back in December (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But Gordon isn’t prepared to give in to Bain just yet. Speaking on Sky Sports’ live coverage of Kazakhstan vs Scotland (21/03/2019, 14:30), Gordon was quick to praise and warn Bain.

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“He could play (Bain for Scotland) for many years to come.

“Hopefully I might get back there yet. I’ve had a few injuries at the moment. But I can get back in there and challenge him at Celtic and possibly for that international spot as well.”

 

Gordon has a tough job on his hands

It’s good to see Celtic’s newly ranked number two goalkeeper so optimistic about things. Gordon hasn’t accumulated 54 Scotland caps and seen off the challenge of Dorus de Vries because he isn’t resilient.

But Bain was selected as Scotland number one for the clash against Kazakhstan. His rise over the last two months alone has been meteoric. Trying to halt that will only likely be successful if Bain makes a succession of howlers in the way de Vries did. That hardly looks likely.

Scott Bain has the gloves at both domestic and international level (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Gordon has been an exceptional servant to Celtic. He was our double-treble winning goalkeeper, and made a host of sensational stops during the Ronny Deila years too.

But an increasing number of mistakes from him this season have led to him losing his place. His distribution has been notoriously poor too, an area where Bain is a significant improvement.

Nobody knows what will happen in the future, however. Gordon is clearly up for the fight, and therefore Bain can’t allow his performance levels to drop.

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