Craig Gordon was at a crossroads after leaving Celtic in the summer of 2020- now he’s fulfilling his dream of captaining boyhood club Hearts for a second time.
The 38-year-old goalkeeper has been appointed Hearts captain, having previously captained the club during his first Tynecastle spell. Gordon rejoined the newly-promoted cinch Premiership club last summer after a trophy-laden spell with Celtic, helping Hearts win the Championship and earning himself a Scotland squad place at Euro 2020.
Having made the transition from supporter to player, Gordon knows the responsibility he carries at Tynecastle: “For the second time, it’s a big honour. Everybody knows I grew up a Hearts fan. To come to the club, to play for them, was always a dream.
“To add on top of that winning a trophy and getting the captaincy, it’s been fantastic to come back here and achieve what we set out to achieve. Now, on top of that, to have the captaincy going forward is a huge honour for me. It’s come full circle. When I left here I was captain, I don’t even know how many years ago that was but it was a while ago.
“To come back, it’s a special place. It’s always a club I’ve looked out for no matter where I’ve been. It’s fantastic to get back here and to take that role on and try and improve and add my experience to the younger players coming through, and try and help the guys round about me, that’s the stage of my career I’m at now.
“It’s going to be a very enjoyable part of the last few years that I have left to do that and help some of the younger boys come through.”
Gordon didn’t know what the future had in store for him last summer when he turned down the chance to stay at Celtic in the midst of a pandemic. But having been brought back to Hearts by former teammate and current manager Robbie Neilson, he says football has been on an upward curve for him over the last 12 months.
Speaking of the last year, Gordon said: “You can always dream, can’t you? That was one of the main reasons I came back to Hearts last summer. I wanted to force myself into the Scotland team and make the squad for Euro 2020.
“The captaincy here wasn’t something I was thinking about. I just wanted to give my experience to improve the place in any way I could. Whether that’s leading by example, in training, or in games. I want to improve the club and that’s a bigger job now with the captaincy.”
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