Scotland keeper Craig Gordon has already seen his career return from the brink after injuries looked, at one point, as though they were going to force him to hang his glove up prematurely – and now he’s got his sights on playing in a World Cup just shy of his 40th birthday.
The Hearts number one spent time out of the game as injuries took their toll before a stunning return to top form saw him win trophies with Celtic and return to the international fray and a spot at Euro 2020.
While Gordon will fall slightly short of Dino Zoff’s 1982 World Cup appearance at the age of 40, Gordon would be more than happy to be the oldest player in Qatar next winter
“Yeah, that’s fine by me! I’ll be 39 in a couple of months and nearly 40 by the time the World Cup comes around.
“I would love to be one of the oldest players in that tournament, having been one of the oldest in any squad – top three, I think – at the Euros.
“That’s fine by me, I don’t mind. I’ll take that, as long as we can be involved. Yes, it has been done before and can be done again.
“I just need to concentrate on my training and make sure I am doing as much as I can off the pitch to put myself in the best possible shape to keep playing. That is what I will continue to do.
“At some point it will catch up on me but hopefully not quite yet.”
With a huge game against Israel tonight, Gordon insists Scotland can’t afford to take their foot off the gas in the qualification bid even if they come away with the win tonight, reminding his teammates there are still three more games to go after the Israel clash.
The veteran keeper has targeted four wins from four to finish off the campaign and seal a playoff spot and take a big step towards Scotland’s first World Cup appearance since 1998.
“No matter what happens against Israel, there are still three games to go,” Gordon added.
“We want to win all the remaining games but it is never that easy to go on such a winning run at this level.
“That is what we are striving to do. Even if we go and beat Israel, we will still have to finish the campaign strongly and get more results.
“We will just focus on this one. We need to try to win it to get the better head-to-head record against Israel. If we can do that, we put ourselves into an even stronger position going into the next one.”
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