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13th Apr, 2017 | 12:19pm

Celtic star: Rangers senior man played key role in my greatest achievement

By Matt Bullin

Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon has thanked the Rangers physio who helped him return from what he feared was a career-ending knee injury.

After a difficult few years at Sunderland in which a succession of knee injuries threatened to end his career he left in 2012 and sought out treatment.

After three knee operations and treatment in London and Barcelona, Gordon eventually found his way to Rangers physio Steven Walker, with whom he spent a year returning to full fitness.

Since then Gordon has gone from strength to strength, he has just won his third successive Scottish Premiership with Celtic and he has regained the Scotland number one shirt.

Speaking to the Daily Record’s Graham Hunter on his podcast The Big Interview , Gordon said: “Regardless of anything I go on to achieve in my career, getting back to playing from where I was will probably be my biggest ever achievement.”

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“When I left Sunderland I thought that was it. I didn’t see a way back, the pain was so bad it was difficult to get about.”

The 34-year-old, has two years out of football between 2012 and 2014 while he recovered.

But after he signed for Celtic in the summer of 2014, and Fraser Forster was sold to Southampton, he became the Hoops’ first choice goalkeeper.

Since then he has made 151 appearances for Celtic and has contributed heavily to three title-winning sides, as well as winning two Scottish Cups.

This season he has been a regular between the sticks for the Hoops and he has made 47 league and cup appearances, keeping an impressive 25 clean sheets.

In other Celtic news, Ryan Dow has given his thoughts on what it will take to keep Stuart Armstrong at Celtic.

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