CRAIG GORDON was adamant there was only one way he would have been prevented from facing Motherwell in the 2-0 Scottish Cup Final.

The goalkeeper, who had missed the previous three games, insisted: “You would have needed to chop my legs off to stop me playing!”

Gordon, who won his ninth honour at Celtic following the 2-0 triumph at Hampden on Saturday, admitted he did fear Brendan Rodgers might have given the nod to Scott Bain.

A knee injury kept the Scotland international No.1 out between the end of January and the beginning of April and then a re-occurrence of the problem put him back in the treatment room.

Gordon had a shut-out in the 5-0 title-clincher against Rangers last month, but Bain took over for the games against Hearts, Kilmarnock and Aberdeen.

However, the 35-year-old shotstopper said: “I knew I would be okay physically, but my only doubt came with whether the manager would put me in after three weeks without playing.

“Within myself, I felt I was ready – and another clean sheet would suggest that I was right!”

CRAIG ON CLOUD NINE…the Celtic keeper picks up his ninth honour at the club as he holds the newly-won Scottish Cup with skipper Scott Brown. Pic: Geo.

Gordon reflected on another historic memorable campaign and added: “It will take a bit of time for it to sink in. It is an incredible feat.

“I think we need to have a few weeks now to enjoy and reflect on it. The older I get the more I really need the break.

“But we’ll go away and get the chance of a few weeks to take a breather and then get ready to go again.

“Knowing the manager, he’ll want us to raise the bar again and it is up to us to go and see if we can do that. But for now it is a chance to enjoy it. Two trebles back to back is pretty incredible.

“I think this year was hard. Everyone has tried to improve their squads and whether we play Aberdeen, Hearts or Hibs, everyone is looking to beat us. They want to get better and kick on and if we want to stay ahead then we have to do the same.

“That will be something to think about when we come back for pre-season.

“We have four weeks, but it is enough to really get a break. The seasons are getting closer and closer together, so it is good to just get ready to take a breather and then get set to go again.”


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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