CRAIG GORDON has admitted he couldn’t bear to watch Moussa Dembele’s penalty-kick leveller against Borussia Monchengladbach on Tuesday night.
The French striker slotted his 16th goal of an impressive campaign to give the Hoops a precious point in Germany.
Celtic and Scotland keeper Gordon revealed that, despite having faith in the man who previously missed against Barcelona, his nerves got the better of him at the crucial moment.unspecified-155
He said: “I didn’t even look at the penalty, so I’ve no idea where he put it. I just watched the crowd and I knew from their reaction it was in the net so that was enough for me.
“I’ve not watched the last few and they’ve gone in, so I’ll maybe just continue doing that.

“From that moment on it looked like we could maybe go on and win the game. But, in doing so, we threw numbers forward and let them have a couple of counters, as well.”

Gordon was playing in front of a new-look defence with injuries ruling out Kolo Toure, Jozo Simunovic and Kieran Tierney.
Mikael Lustig moved to central defence to partner Erik Sviatchenko while Christian Gamboa and Emilio Izaguirre were on the flanks.
Gordon added: “It’s been an ongoing process since the start of pre-season. We’re just continually improving upon things to try and take us to the next level.

“We’re working hard to make sure we can do that. Defensively we were sound against Monchengladbach.

“Yes – Barcelona will test us. But again, like in Germany, we’ll have learned from the first game we played against them.

“If we can do the same from the first Barcelona game to the next one with that home crowd, we’ll give ourselves a chance in that match, too.”

Meanwhile Gordon’s Celtic teammate Emilio Izaguirre is enjoying his second chance at Celtic. The popular left back thought that his time was up at Parkhead due the emergence of Kieran Tierney. Now thought fate has intervened and the fans favourite is back putting in excellent performances in the Celtic first team.
 “There was a time when I thought I would be leaving Celtic and Scotland. In the summer, I tried to move to another club to play more football,’ Izaguirre explained.
“But the manager told me that he needed me in case anything happened to young KT.unspecified-122

“Now I am playing again in the Champions League and I am just focusing on helping Celtic succeed. This is football. It can change any day. Maybe tomorrow, something else will happen.

“Sometimes you play, sometimes you don’t. That’s what happens when you are a footballer. And when you play for a club like Celtic, you always have to be ready.

“When you get the chance, you have to be ready to take it and be focused.”

Izaguirre continued: “Of course, I feel sorry for KT that he is injured and will be out for two months.

“I play for Celtic, but I am also a Celtic fan. I want the team to do well and I want to help the club in any way that I can.

“I am very disappointed for KT because he is a young player who has been very good for a long time now. He is a fantastic player and he will come back from this injury even stronger.

“But I need to focus on football and continue to fight for the team and for the club.

”On Tuesday, it was disappointing because we felt that in the last 10 minutes we could have got the win.

“We tried everything we could, we had chances, but we didn’t get the goal.

“Overall, we showed great concentration for 90 minutes, but at the end of the game, we had chances and a lot of pressure. But football is like that. Sometimes you have chances, but you draw.

“Now we have to think about the Scottish Premiership and also the game against Barcelona in the Champions League. We must try to win that game to have any chance qualifying.

“We have two tough games, but we need to give it our best and have the maximum concentration for 90 minutes. We have to focus on Barcelona and try to beat them.

“We need to work hard and try to get good results against Barca and Manchester City and then see where we finish in the group.”


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