Craig Gordon, Celtic

Roughie’s View: Gordon will bounce back

It was a howler.

I’m sure Craig Gordon will hold his hands up for it.

He put himself in a position where no goalkeeper likes to be: you know that if there’s any contact in the box the striker is going to go down so he couldn’t make the decision whether to commit himself.

Gordon tried to make himself big but it never worked out. It’s not the first time it’s happened this year where he’s been caught out. He rushed out against Ross County and was lucky to avoid being sent off.

I put it down to the back four and not knowing what is in front of you. It seems to be somebody different every week so you don’t know the strengths and weaknesses of the players.

I’m sure the longer the season goes the more settled they’ll get. I always say the goalkeeper is as only as good as the defenders in front of you.

But listen we’ve all been there. There’s nothing you can do there’s nowhere you can go. You want the ground to swallow you whole.

That’s the thing about goalkeepers: a striker can make a mistake and not lose the game but if a goalkeeper does it then it can cost you the match.

I remember making a howler against Austria; It was at Hampden and Hans Krankl scored. The ball got fed through, Ian Munro was the full-back and ran across me; I thought he was going to header it but he ducked and it hit me in the shoulder then just bounced over my head, rolled towards the goal and Krankl just walked it in.

These things happen. You know it’s your fault, but you just have to try to rectify it.

It sticks in your mind and you’ve got to hope the next save you make is a good one because another howler again then adds to the pressure.

But I think Gordon is good enough and big enough to bounce back. He makes good saves and I’m sure one good save will put him back on track again.

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