Gordon con­fi­dent Celtic will not fall at fi­nal hur­dle

New Straits Times - - Sport -

GLAS­GOW: Celtic goal­keeper Craig Gordon in­sists he and his team­mates won’t let the pres­sure of mak­ing his­tory af­fect them as they fo­cus on beat­ing Aberdeen in the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal to­day.

Celtic have se­cured numer­ous records this sea­son as they romped to a sixth Pre­mier­ship ti­tle in a row and lifted the League Cup.

Bren­dan Rodgers’ side could be­come the first Scot­tish side in his­tory to go through an en­tire do­mes­tic cam­paign with­out los­ing a game on their way to win­ning all three ma­jor hon­ours.

Now only Aberdeen stand in the way of Celtic se­cur­ing a first do­mes­tic treble in 16 years and only the fourth clean sweep in the club’s 129-year his­tory.

But in­stead of feel­ing the pres­sure, Gordon says they will rise to the chal­lenge.

“It is good to fin­ish the sea­son un­beaten and you can’t be in a much bet­ter place go­ing into a cup fi­nal,” the 34-year-old said.

Celtic cel­e­brated the 50th an­niver­sary of their Euro­pean Cup win over In­ter Mi­lan on Thurs­day.

Celtic could be boosted by the re­turn of Moussa Dem­bele to the squad. The French striker, who had scored 32 goals in 49 games, re­turned to train­ing this week af­ter miss­ing out since suf­fer­ing a ham­string in­jury in the cup semi­fi­nal vic­tory over Rangers.

Mean­while, Aberdeen striker Adam Rooney says he wants some­thing tan­gi­ble to show for their sea­son and fi­nally se­cure a ma­jor win over their ri­vals af­ter fin­ish­ing run­ners-up in the Pre­mier­ship and los­ing to them in the League Cup fi­nal.

Rooney is des­per­ate to put that right by claim­ing their first Scot­tish Cup since 1990. “That is what I want. I want to win things.”

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