CRAIG GORDON has admitted his delight at agreeing a two-year deal with former club Hearts.
The 37-year-old goalkeeper was snapped up by the Tynecastle outfit yesterday after knocking back a contract extension at Celtic.
Gordon spent the last six years at the nine-in-a-row champions, but bade an emotional farewell when he decided to rejoin the Edinburgh side in his search for game time.
The 54 times-capped Scotland international No.1, speaking to Hearts TV, said: “The last time I signed here was 1999, it’s been a long time and I’m very happy to be back.
“It was always something I wanted to do – to come back. To have this opportunity now, at the start of something where we really feel as if we have a project to move on with, is fantastic. Everybody is united to try and get us back to where we should be and I wanted to be part of that and I absolutely can’t wait.
“I’ve still got a good few years in me yet and, hopefully, I can get back out there and show everybody what I’m still capable of. The big is aim is to play as many games as I possibly can for Hearts over the next few years and I’m absolutely delighted to be back.
JUST CAPITAL…Craig Gordon at Tynecastle.
“I’m ready to go, I’ve been working hard in the months we’ve been off and I feel as good as I have done in the last five or six years.”
Gordon admitted the emotional pull of returning to the club played a big factor in his decision.
He added: “I’ve seen many familiar faces already, it’s great to be back and get to know everybody else again. It’s a special place, it’s where I grew up. I came to support them as a boy and to play out here.
“It was a good few years ago now, but to come back and feel the supporters behind me again, when they’re allowed back, is going to be really special.”
Gordon rejected an offer to stay in the Premiership with St Mirren after Jim Goodwin made a firm offer and English Championship outfit Derby County were also showing an interest.
However, the towering shotstopper had his heart set on a return to Tynecastle.