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A GORDON FOR ME: HEARTS VETERAN TIPPED FOR ANOTHER FOUR YEARS

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SCOTLAND keeper Craig Gordon proved to be unbeatable in Hearts’ goalless draw against Hibs at Tynecastle yesterday.

And delighted boss Robbie Neilson insists the 38-year-old keeper can play on for another FOUR years at the top.

Gordon quit Celtic just over a year ago after knocking back a cut-price one-year extension and joined his former Edinburgh club with a lot to prove.

He has won back his No.1 international position and displayed his qualities with a stunning display in the derby while his opposite number Matt Macey also produced an eye-catching performance.

PRAISE FROM THE HEARTS…Robbie Nielson applauds keeper Craig Gordon.

Gaffer Neilson admitted: “I thought it was a really good game – I actually enjoyed it.

“But there’s a tinge of disappointment because we didn’t manage to take a couple of really good chances, but again Craig Gordon made a few good saves, so all in all a really entertaining game.

“I think that’s one of the reasons both teams are up there joint-second in the league. You know, Craig is an exceptional goalkeeper and Macey put in a great performance.

“It’s just run of the mill from Craig. We see it every day in training. When someone has a shot, I expect him to save it.”

The Jambos chief, speaking to the Daily Record, continued: “To be honest, if he stays injury free, I see him staying there for the next couple of years. There are a couple of younger ones coming through, but they are not at Craig’s level.

CAPTAIN MARVEL…Hearts keeper and skipper Craig Gordon defies Hibs again.

“He looks after himself and he’s a great character. He’s not got a lot of miles on the clock because he had an injury earlier in his career and I think Craig’s got another two, three, maybe four years in him.”

Neilson, who handed a debut to Barrie McKay, who came off the substitutes’ bench after his arrival late last week, added: “When you look at when we came up, you never really know where you are going to be.

“I felt, with the players we have put together, we would be at the top end, but they have to believe that, as well. There’s disappointment in the dressing room, which is a great sign.

“I’ve been at clubs before when they get a draw and they come in and it’s like they’ve won the World Cup, whereas here it’s disappointment. That shows me that the players believe they should be at the top end.”

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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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