Ex-Sunderland stopper Gordon joins Celtic

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FORMER Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon has penned a two year deal with Scottish champions Celtic.

The Scotland international has not played a competitive game in two years after being plagued by knee problems since being released by Sunderland in the summer of 2012.

But Gordon, who trained with Rangers towards the end of last season, has now shaken off his injury woes to return to full fitness and has agreed a deal with Celtic, who have an option of extending his contract by another year.

Gordon has immediately jetted out to Austria to join Celtic at their pre-season training camp.

“It’s been tough, it’s been a long road back but this is the exciting part now,” Gordon told Sky Sports News.

“The hardest part is getting to here and now I have to continue that and look forward to getting back into football.

“My next challenge is to prove I can still cut it at this level and it is a challenge I am looking forward to. I said to myself over a year ago that I needed to get back to this point where I could get the opportunity to prove myself all over again.

“So that’s the stage I am at now and I look forward to that challenge. I can play again now and hopefully all the procedures I endured over the past two years are well behind me.

“Obviously Celtic have good goalkeepers who I need to battle past but the good thing is I am fit and able to give that my best shot and see what happens.”