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6th Oct, 2017 | 5:37pm

Most important match since 2007 - Celtic star sets bar ahead of crunch clash

By James Black

Celtic and Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon believes Sunday’s World Cup qualifier with Slovenia is the “most important match” he has played for his country in a decade.

The Scots take on Slovenia in Ljubjana on Sunday as they bid to qualify for their first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France.

Gordon Strachan’s side have made a habit of leaving scoring until late at home in this qualifying campaign with five of the seven goals scored by the Scots coming in the last five minutes of matches

A win for Scotland would see them almost certainly book a place in the play-offs for next summer’s World Cup in Russia and Gordon is eager to see his team-mates finish the job.

“It will probably be the most important match I’ve played for Scotland since the Italy game back in 2007,” Gordon told the Scottish FA’s Twitter account, as quoted by the Evening Times website.

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“It’s another chance to progress from a group and this time I hope we can take it.

“At my age there’s not going to be too many chances like this left. We’ve put ourselves in a great position now but we have to go finish the job.”

Gordon earned his 50th Scotland cap in the late win over Slovakia and now takes his place in the Scottish football Hall of Fame.

It took a late own goal from Martin Skrtel to seperate the two sides despite Scotland having a man-advantange for over an hour.

Gordon Strachan’s side laid siege to the Slovakian penalty box but couldn’t buy a goal before getting a stroke of luck through Skrtel’s 88th minute howler.

It would be nothing short of a miracle for Strachan’s side to qualify after most wrote off their qualifying campaign after a poor start but a fantastic set of results in 2017 has seen the Scots fire themselves into a two-point lead in second place in their group.

In other Celtic news, Scott Brown praised Craig Gordon and thinks the goalkeeper ‘deserves’ his 50th Scotland cap

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