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Saturday 18 August 2018

Gordon aims to reclaim Number 1 spot with Scots

Craig Gordon insists he has no intention of acting as understudy to Allan McGregor and David Marshall after finally winning back his Scotland place.

The Celtic goalkeeper saw his two-year injury nightmare finally come to an end this summer when he signed for the Hoops.

And the 40-cap stopper was handed an immediate recall to the Dark Blues set-up when Scots boss Gordon Strachan named him in his squad for Sunday's opening Euro 2016 qualifier with Germany.

The 31-year-old, however, is at the back of the queue to face the new world champions in Dortmund as Hull's McGregor and Marshall of Cardiff battle it out to be the nation's number one.

But former Hearts and Sunderland keeper Gordon is determined to make up for lost time and force his way back into a Scotland jersey.

He said: "It's good competition (with Allan and David) and I enjoy meeting up with the squad. "The standard of training among the keepers is fantastic. It's been great to be involved in it and it improves my game as well.

"The next stage is to go there and try to show up well in training and demonstrate that I'm more than capable of holding my own and pushing for a start.

"I don't want to just go along there looking to make up the numbers now that I have been included in the squad.

"I want to put pressure on the other two goalkeepers and try to force myself into contention for a starting spot.

"I wanted to get back in as soon as possible and (the Germany game) was the very first opportunity. I hadn't set myself a goal to try and be in this squad. I wanted to get back in however long it took.

"Now that I have managed to get called up the next goal is to force myself on the park and getting a game."

Gordon is Celtic's new first-choice stopper after Englishman Fraser Forster sealed a £10million switch to Southampton.

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