Tue. Sep 27th, 2022
CRAIG GORDON has revealed how close he came to missing Scotland’s midweek win over Ukraine — after a mercy dash to be at his pregnant partner’s side.

The veteran keeper raced to be with Summer, who is expecting their second child.


Craig Gordon almost missed the match against Ukraine as he’s expecting a child[/caption]

At one stage there were doubts whether he’d be available for the Nations League crunch, but things settled and Gordon was able to return to the squad HQ.

He said: “It was an eventful day, Yes. I went through on Wednesday morning but everything kind of stalled a little bit, so I was then OK to come back and join the squad.

“I was relatively calm about it all and I kept the management team updated on what was going on.

“In the end it was fine to come back — I was back by about four o’clock with the rest of the boys.

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“If things had progressed more, maybe I wouldn’t have been able to play, I don’t know.

“I’ll need to thank the baby when he eventually comes for hanging off just a little bit longer!

“He was due last week so who knows when it will happen.

“Hopefully he arrives soon and doesn’t go into the Ireland game.”

After his hectic afternoon, Gordon admitted he was able to relax during the game against Ukraine, as the players in front of him won easily.

He added: “When I came into the dressing room, I said, ‘Well done lads, that was a good watch’.

“I don’t think they had a shot on target — a couple of things flashed across the face of goal, there was one I punched clear, and another I had to come out of the box for.

“But apart from that, it was fairly quiet.

“I thought the players were fantastic. When we were going round clapping the fans at the end we were chatting and I said, ‘That one’s right up there in terms of performance levels’.

“We needed a few set-pieces, but we pride ourselves on the work we do on them.

“We probably should have scored a few more from open play, but in terms of our general play, we got so much right.

“I think that performance has always been there. We know we’ve got a good squad — we see it every day in training when we’re together.

“Everybody loves joining up and playing at that intensity, at that level, in training.

“We have to keep that up now, the level and speed we played at on Wednesday. If we can do that then it’s very difficult for any team to live with us.

“The subs who came on were important and we know, especially in those forward areas, that we’ve got fresh players coming on.

“Our replacement frontline came on and got a couple of fantastic goals — good set-pieces and two unbelievable headers.

“But there’s no point doing it for one game, we need to build on it.

“We need to keep that up in the two remaining games because we want to keep going, get as many points as we can, and try to top the group now.

“It’s on to the next one, we have to give it the best we can.”

Gordon admitted the only rough moment came after Nathan Patterson’s first-half ankle injury saw the Everton full-back stretchered off, and has seen him withdraw from the squad.

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He said: “It looked a bad one at the time and it knocked us for five or ten minutes. When he first went down, you could see he was in a bit of pain.

“It’s sad for Nathan after coming back and getting some games under his belt in the Premier League. We hope it’s not serious.”

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