Celtic: Goalkeeper Craig Gordon vows to get even better

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon makes a save
Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon makes a sensational fingertip save to keep his side 1-0 ahead against Salzburg

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon says he will get even better after producing a stunning display in his side's 2-2 draw with Salzburg in the Europa League.

The 31-year-old, who signed for the Scottish champions in the summer following two years out with injury, made a string of saves in Austria.

"I just go into each game and do the best I can," Gordon told BBC Scotland.

"I know what I'm still striving for, still looking to improve, but I've been doing that my whole career."

Gordon was singled out for praise by manager Ronny Deila after the Group D opener in Austria.

But the Scotland international said he would leave it to others to speculate about whether he was back to his best form.

Gordon left Hearts for Sunderland in 2007 for £9m, but his career stalled due to a series of knee injuries and he left the Black Cats in 2012.

He became Celtic's number one following the departure of Fraser Forster to Southampton for £10m in the summer, and repaid Deila's faith against Salzburg.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon denies Salzburg star Alan with another top save in the Red Bull Arena
Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon denies Salzburg star Alan with another top save in the Red Bull Arena

Celtic took the lead through Wakaso Mubarak before a deflected Alan strike squared it.

Scott Brown's deflected drive made it 2-1 but a brilliant free-kick from Jonathan Soriano ensured the spoils were shared.

"I managed to make a few saves tonight so that was pleasing," Gordon added. "But the main thing is it actually counted for something - it wouldn't have counted for much if we'd lost 3-2.

"One point away from home is a decent result no matter who you are playing against. They're the top seeds in the group so to go there and get a point starts us off very nicely.

"Maybe it could have been better having twice taken the lead, but if you'd asked us if we wanted a point beforehand we'd have taken that.

"It was a good game - a fast, free-flowing game and probably good to watch. It was played at 100 miles-an-hour and it felt like a big test for us, but we've come through it and fought really hard to get a point.

"We had watched the videos and knew we were going to come up against a very good team that put you under pressure high up the pitch, and that's maybe a bit different from the other things we have faced this season. We knew it was a difficult prospect but it's one we've come through pretty well."

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