Craig Gordon: Celts brimming with belief after derby demolition

CRAIG Gordon reckons that Celtic’s derby drubbing of Rangers at the National Stadium will send them into Saturday’s potential title-clincher with Hibernian with huge confidence. The champions ran the Ibrox side ragged to record a 4-0 win and book their place in the Scottish Cup final against Motherwell. 

Following their Hampden heroics, the Bhoys have turned their focus back to harvesting the one win they need to seal a seventh successive championship. And the first opportunity of that will come at Easter Road in Saturday’s early kick-off as the Celts square up to Neil Lennon’s men.

Although Gordon expects a tough test from Hibs, who held the Hoops to a 2-2 draw on their last visit to the capital, he added that the Bhoys will be determined to get across the finishing line and maintain their high standards in their destruction of Rangers.

“We played well,” said the Scotland internationalist. “We were really dominant, the midfield won their tackles and we kept the ball. We passed it particularly well for the first hour.

“The manager was probably looking for a little bit more once they went down to 10 men. We should have dominated the game a bit more but we got back into it and, after 10 or 15 minutes, we really controlled it again.

“We stuck to our game-plan. We knew what we wanted to try and do and it worked very well, especially the first half. We were really dominant and managed to move the ball really quickly. We do like coming here. It’s a big pitch and it suits our game very well. It was nice to get here. Everybody’s always really confident to come here and we played really well in the first half.”

“We want to play like that in every game and we want to control games so we know we have to improve on that side of things. We can take great confidence going into the next game.

 “I would enjoy winning the league anywhere,” he continued. “We know we have a difficult game coming up because we’ve had a few difficult games against Hibs already this season.

“We know we’ll have to put in a similar performance similar to Sunday if we want to win there. It’s a difficult place to go. We just managed to get out of there with a draw last time. If we want to win the game we’re going to have to put in another good performance.”........

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