Craig Gordon believes a recall to the Scotland setup justifies his move from Celtic to Hearts.

The veteran goalkeeper completed a switch to Tynecastle in the summer after over 200 appearances for Celtic. Minutes were limited last term but the Hoops were open to Gordon staying as back-up.

Craig Gordon could have stayed with Celtic. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The 37-year-old decided against an extended Celtic stay in favour of a return to his first club. Robbie Neilson’s side have reaped the benefits of this decision, Gordon hitting top form.

His performance in the 2-1 Scottish Cup semi-final victory over Hibs was inspiring and it’s helped earn him a spot in Steve Clarke’s squad.

Scotland face a massive match next week, facing Serbia in Belgrade for a chance to feature at Euro 2020 next year. Gordon is delighted to be involved and says it proves that moving back to Gorgie was the correct decision.

Scottish Cup Semi-Final Hearts v Hibernian

Back in maroon. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I wanted to play football,” said Gordon. “There was no guarantees I was going to get that at Celtic so it was time to move on. I was happy with the time I had at Celtic, I achieved a lot of things.

“There was a fantastic opportunity to come back to Hearts at a time when it was a good time for me. That’s how it came about and absolutely no regrets.

“I’ve managed to impress Steve Clarke in a short space of time so for me it’s obviously very pleasing to be involved. I cant wait to meet up.

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Looking forward to the link-up. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“I realise that I’m getting towards the end of my career now and these opportunities are not going to come around very much more often so it was now or never to try and do that.”

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