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The two enduring images of Craig Gordon’s Celtic days

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It is an impressive medal haul but as Craig Gordon brought his Celtic career to an end there are two endearing memories of his time at the club.

The classic is at the final whistle in the 2017 Scottish Cup Final. As Tom Rogic steers the ball into the Aberdeen net the keeper sinks onto his knees and beats the ground in joy as thousands celebrate inside Hampden under a clap of lightening.

One other image is less heralded but equally as appealing- going in goals after a match at Celtic Park to allow a young fan to tuck away a penalty kick outside of the Main Stand.

Like his career in general Gordon’s time at Celtic was mainly a success mixed up with a couple of lows that tested his resolve.

Four years ago he was in goals against Red Imps of Gibraltar, a month later Dorus de Vries arrived at the club to gushing praise from Brendan Rodgers. Gordon overcame both set backs to celebrate with his Invincible team-mates at Hampden as Rogic found the net.

With his Celtic days over the next step seems uncertain. Getting back into the Scotland set up seems a priority but a return to Hearts could see him out of football until October.

Derby County have been mentioned but with the English Championship resumed the new season won’t start until mid-September.

As he takes his gloves elsewhere Gordon will be remembered as one of the most successful Celtic goalkeepers of all time.

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