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Friday 17 November 2017

Gordon: Celts ready

Celtic’s Craig Gordon. Pic: Reuters
Celtic’s Craig Gordon. Pic: Reuters

Craig Gordon insists Celtic will just have to deal with a relentless fixture list as they reflect on their comprehensive 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Hoops are in the midst of a busy period - seven games at the back end of October- and they came up well short in their Group B encounter against the German giants at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern skipper Thomas Muller fired in the opener in the 17th minute from close range after Parkhead goalkeeper Gordon had parried a Robert Lewandowski header before right-back Joshua Kimmich looped a header in just before the half-hour mark. Defender Mats Hummels nodded in a third six minutes after the break to leave the Scottish champions with three points from a possible nine in Group B.

Brendan Rodgers' side have no time to lick their wounds, with a Betfred Cup semi-final against Hibernian at Hampden Park at lunchtime tomorrow.

And Scotland keeper Gordon told several broadcasters: "No (it's not ideal), but that's part of what we are trying to do.

"We are trying to fight on so many fronts, but it is not easy.

"It hasn't been kind to us in terms of preparation time and recovery time between the two (games), but that's what we have to do."

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