Robbie Neilson says Craig Gordon has reaped the rewards of regular minutes following his return to Hearts from Celtic this season.
The veteran goalkeeper has been drafted into the Scotland squad for November’s internationals after hitting top form for the Jambos. Gordon returned to Gorgie after making 242 appearances for Celtic.
Last term at Celtic Park, Gordon was unable to hold down the number one spot. There was scope for him to remain in Glasgow in a similar capacity this term but he opted for games at Tynecastle.
He’s arguably been Hearts’ best player of the season so far, playing a starring role as they beat Hibs 2-1 in a Scottish Cup semi-final derby. Such performances have caught the eye of Scots boss Steve Clarke.
Now he will be part of a national team tasked with creating history. Scotland play Serbia next week looking to book a spot at Euro 2020 and Jambos boss Neilson says his keeper deserves to be there.
“It’s great for Craig and it’s great for the club too,” said Neilson. “One of the reasons Craig came back to Hearts was to get regular gametime and hopefully work his way back into the Scotland squad so I’m delighted that he’s been able to do that so quickly.
“You look at the saves he made in last week’s semi final win over Hibs, and at other points during the season, and you know he’s a top, top quality goalkeeper.
“We’re lucky to have him at Hearts and he’ll be thrilled that his form has been recognised by Steve Clarke.
“I’m sure he’ll do a great job if he’s called upon for any of Scotland’s three games.”