Christophe Berra is fortunate that Craig Gordon is with Hearts – as he could ‘easily’ have been playing for Celtic on Sunday afternoon.
The Jambos take on Celtic in the Scottish Cup final this Sunday, Robbie Neilson’s men looking to stop Hoops domination in the tournament. They have won every cup since 2017.
One player who will be key if this isn’t to happen is Gordon, the keeper who played a huge role in Celtic achieving so many trophies in recent years. Berra is glad he’ll be wearing maroon.
“I don’t think he has a point to prove, everybody knows how good a keeper he is,” said Berra. “Celtic know that and he could easily still play for Celtic now. Obviously they decided to go a different path.
“I don’t know what happened between them. I’m sure there are no hard feelings but he’s at Hearts now. Hopefully come Sunday he’ll make even more memories.”
Berra won this tournament with Hearts back in 2006 and played in the last final between the Jambos and Celtic in 2019. While it’s not his first final like some players in Neilson’s squad, he’ll cherish it all the same.
“I’ve been fortunate enough to be involved in two cup finals and some people will never be involved in any,” said Berra.
“If you go through most leagues throughout the world, it’s a handful of teams who are playing in cup finals. When these opportunities come along, you need to grasp it.
“There’s less experienced players and younger boys in the squad and they really need to know that, unless you are playing for the top teams, these opportunities sometimes come few and far between.”
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