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Former Celtic boss Davie Hay has hit out at the critics who have targeted Hoops goalkeeper Craig Gordon this season.

Gordon made his return to training this week after suffering a knee injury and the former Bhoys boss believes that any criticism the Hoops number one has received has been out of order.

“I am a huge admirer of Gordon and I think that some of the criticism he drew this season was over the top at times” Hay said, as quoted by the Evening Times.

“The Celtic goalkeeper had effectively written off this season after picking up a knee injury and sometimes it is only when someone isn’t there that you can appreciate how good they are.”

Gordon has been replaced by Dorus de Vries since suffering his knee injury, with the Dutchman taking lots of criticism from supporters for his performance in the recent 3-0 defeat to Zenit in the Europa League.

The 35-year-old was a mainstay of the side with 40 appearances this season before suffering his knee injury against Hibernian in January.

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His return to training will come too late for the player to be involved in Sunday’s Old Firm clash, but he may well be back for the Old Firm double header in April.

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Whilst Gordon has been subject to criticism at times from Hoops’ supporters this season, the same fans would much rather the Scotland international was in goals for the upcoming Old Firm clash rather than de Vries. De Vries has looked poor in almost all of his big match appearances for the Hoops so far, and there has to be a worry from supporters that he will go to pieces in the frenzied atmosphere of the Old Firm match. Hoops fans will hope that Gordon makes his return sooner rather than later and that he is available for the Old Firm double header next season, they will feel far more confident with Gordon in goals.

In other Celtic news, Callum McGregor has had a dig at Joey Barton

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