24 Sep Gordon: Cole still got what it takes
Craig Gordon believes his old adversary Carlton Cole has still got what it takes to make it at Celtic.
The former West Ham striker has been training with the Hoops this week in a bid to win a deal with the Scottish champions.
Gordon remembers fondly one particular battle with Cole where he pulled off a stunning save for Sunderland in March 2008 to deny the seven-capped England international, tipping his effort round the post.
And it’s one that is still etched firmly in the mind of Cole too as Gordon explained.
“I welcomed him to the club and Cole said, ‘Oh yes, I remember you, you got save of the season against me when I was at West Ham’,” Gordon said.
“That was possibly my first season at Sunderland when that happened, and we were laughing about it. He was on my team at training so I have not had the chance yet to make a few more.
“Has he got what it takes? I think so. He is younger than me, he should have a few years left in him yet.
“Certainly from what I seen in the finishing exercises he was doing, he was scoring a few goals so if that does come about and he does come in it will gives us something a little bit different.”
Another striker who is in a rich vein of scoring form is Poland striker Robert Lewandowski. The 27-year-old netted five times in nine minutes for Bayern Munich this week.
And it was a timely reminder of the quality of the forward for Gordon before Scotland’s vital Euro 2016 qualifier against the Poles in October.
“He only played half the other night and did alright in that! It is difficult. He is a good player,” Gordon said.
“But we played against him over there and I think he picked up an injury fairly early in the game which probably slowed him down – so that is always an option!
“He is a big physical player as well, he has all the attributes a top striker needs and he is not too bad when he gets in front of goal either.
“He is very difficult to stop, one of the very best in Europe but it is a good challenge and one we look forward to.”