Craig Gordon knew he’d need to leave Celtic to save his international career – and the 37-year-old is glad the move has paid off.

The Hearts keeper has been in fine form this season and has earned a Scotland recall, playing in the most recent match against Slovakia. It’s vindication for his decision to switch Celtic for the Championship this term.

Hearts vs East Fife Pre-Season Friendly Match

Gordon left Celtic in the summer. (Photo by Craig Foy/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Gordon had the choice to stay at Celtic Park as back-up this term, similar to the role he performed in Glasgow last season. But now with a potential spot at Euro 2020 to come after his form at Tynecastle, the maroon stopper couldn’t be happier.

“It’s been good, we have managed to get the result,” said Gordon. “It was a huge night for everyone (against Serbia) not just here, but back home. You can see the size of what we have achieved come through, it’s huge.

“We’ve been close a few times and not managed to do it so at this age to still be involved and have a chance to go to a major finals is great for me.

Heart of Midlothian v Dundee - Scottish Championship

Big honour. (Photo by Mark Scates/SNS Group via Getty Images)

“There’s been times in my career where people have thought I’m finished. That’s the motivation I need, to prove people wrong. That’s a huge reason behind why I left Celtic and get some games.

“I knew making that move at best I could make the squad. It’s happened very quickly, moving to Hearts was a good decision for trying to get involved with Scotland.”

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