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‘I WANT TO PLAY INTO MY FORTIES,’ GORDON

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CELTIC keeper Craig Gordon has revealed he wants to keep playing into his forties.
The Scotland international No.1, who celebrated his 34th birthday in his side’s 2-1 win over Rangers at Ibrox on Hogmanay, is on the verge of a contract extension at the champions.
Brendan Rodgers has already admitted Gordon is one he wants to keep as he continues to put the Parkhead first-team jigsaw together.
The athletic shotstopper has overcome knee and shoulder injuries and two years in the wilderness to rebuild his career with the Hoops after signing for ex-boss Ronny Deila as successor to Southampton-bound Fraser Forster in July 2014.
But the former £9million man was prepared for life outside the game if the worst came to the worst.unspecified-6
He said: “I was pretty focused on what I wanted to do. I had a few other business interests that I might have gone into away from football, but it never got to that stage.

“I’d probably have gone into property and tried to make money that way. I’m interested in that sort of thing. But i don’t think I could have afforded property in Dubai – it’s expensive. Everything out here is expensive.

“My dad was a financial advisor, so he always pointed me in the right direction.”

Gordon, who is firmly in charge of the gloves at Parkhead after overcoming the challenge of Dorus de Vries, said: “I’d like to play on, but there will come a day when it will all have to stop – whenever that may be.
“I just want to keep playing and if the chance comes to go into goalkeeping coaching or management then I can think about it.
“If I could manage to play to my forties, I’d love to do that. If I wasn’t able to do it at the top level, then I’d find it difficult to drop down the leagues just to keep playing.
“I’d find it hard if I let myself down at times. Hopefully, I can continue and not have to think about that for quite some time.

“It wouldn’t be enjoyable for me if I couldn’t keep my standards.

“When that day comes, that will be me. But I’ve had that before so it doesn’t hold any fear for me.

“This is already extra for me. It could – and should – have been me finished. I had a 60 per cent chance to keep going and it was touch and go, so this is definitely extra.

“When time is up, time is up. I’ll enjoy this for however long it might last and that’s great.

“Things can change so quickly, but with this season and Celtic having the option to add on another one we’ll see what happens from there.”

Gordon, whose current contract still has 18 months to run, added: “To be playing in this team is just so enjoyable at the moment.

“This is a great bunch of boys and it’s great what we have achieved this season.
“And it’s how we’ve done it, as well. That’s what makes it so enjoyable and definitely spurs me on to want more of it.

“My aim is to continue playing at this level and in this team for as long as possible.”

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