Hearts and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon will bid to play into his 40s like NFL quarterback Tom Brady.

The 38-year-old turned in a Man of the Match performance in Sunday’s 0-0 Scottish Premiership draw with Edinburgh rivals Hibs. It capped off an excellent few days that saw him play four times in the space of 11 days, three of the games in Scotland colours, Gordon now national team head coach Steve Clarke’s number one.

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon

Gordon has shone for Hearts (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is still performing for Parma at 43 while Brady won the SuperBowl with Tampa Bay Buccaneers this year at 43, now playing on at 44. Gordon said: “It shows it can be done. I saw Buffon sprinting the length of the pitch to join in with a goal celebration the other day.

“I don’t know if I’ve quite got that in the legs! But it’s definitely a motivation to see these guys still playing. You look at the likes of Tom Brady in American football playing into their 40s. Quarterbacks can do that so there is inspiration out there for people to do it into their 40s, so why not give it a go?


“I feel ok at the moment, I just have to see how long I can last out. I feel good as long as I get my training regime right. I’ve hardly missed a training session since I’ve been back at Hearts over 18 months now.

“If I can stay injury-free then why not? I’ll see how long I can go. I have this year left on my contract, and I’ll keep going as long as I can. It’s been a big few weeks. I have a few days off now and that’s needed, especially at my age!”

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