Record-breaking Craig Gordon breaks silence on Scotland Euro 2024 snub and runs through his four goals

Goalkeeper is now the oldest man to play for this country

Craig Gordon has admitted that his record-breaking 75th Scotland appearance was “extremely emotional” after being informed that he would not be part of the nation’s Euro 2024 squad just 24 hours.

The 41-year-old Hearts goalkeeper surpassed David Weir as Scotland’s oldest international after replacing Angus Gunn in the 70th minute of Friday’s 2-2 draw against Finland for his first appearance for the national team since suffering a double leg fracture on Christmas Eve 2022. Gordon was visibly emotional as he came on to a standing ovation and the night did not go to plan as Scotland lost a 2-0 lead to draw with the Finns in their final warm-up game before the European Championship opener against Germany in Munich next Friday, with Gordon conceding a contentious penalty when he appeared to get the ball first in a collision.

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Writing on his Instagram account, Gordon was able to reflect on his journey over the past 18 months since breaking his leg at Tannadice against Dundee United. “I set myself four goals,” he wrote. “The first was to be out of pain. The seriousness of the break made for complications and further procedures. I went through a lot of pain and wanted to be able to live life without it. I did that. The second thing I wanted to achieve was to be back on my feet and able to run around the garden and play football with my children. We’ve done that. Many, many times and they won’t let me stop now.

“The third goal I had was to play for Hearts again. This meant a lot to me. I did that competitively in January, having played my first friendly in November, 10 months after I broke my leg. It was a long wait, but I was ready to play the rest of the season. The last thing I hoped to do was to make the Scotland squad again. And to put myself in a position to be at the Euros. Coming into the provisional squad I knew I hadn’t got the games I needed so I trained harder, I trained well and felt, and still feel, very good. I am of course, so disappointed not to be there.

“Playing again for Scotland last night meant I did what I set out to do. And while it wasn’t in the way I wanted, I could never turn down the opportunity to play at Hampden again. Something I have had the honour of doing for over 20 years. The circumstances were tough, it was an extremely emotional night for my family and I. But I’m grateful I got that opportunity. To become the oldest player to play for Scotland, it’s a special record.


“Given how long I’ve been doing this, I’ve experienced so much and I, probably more than others, know all too well, that things don’t always go your way. Decisions go against you. Last night, of all nights, I wished they didn’t but if a nervous 21-year-old could have seen that so many years on, through some big challenges, I’d be there at 41 years old, I think I’d be very happy with that. I should have been given a smaller shirt on my debut(!), but I knew that if I played for the badge on the front, people would remember the name on the back.

“I hope I’ve done that, and will continue to do so for as long as I feel good enough. 75 caps. Thank you.”

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