Craig Gordon is fit and raring to go

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Craig Gordon has declared himself fit and raring to go if selected for Scotland’s critical Euro 2016 qualifier against Republic of Ireland.

The Edinburgh-born goalkeeper has just finished a demanding season after winning the league with Celtic but stressed he is eager to play in Dublin tomorrow night.

David Marshall is favourite to start in goal for Scotland, who can afford to draw the match and still stay ahead of Ireland in qualifying Group D. Gordon, now 32, is expected to start on the bench but is happy to be back involved with the national team 12 months since returning from two years out of football with knee problems.

If Scotland coach Gordon Strachan calls upon him tomorrow, he will be ready. “I think everybody goes through highs and lows during the season. There are periods when you feel in top form and then times when you have to drag yourself through games. That happens to everybody at different stages,” said Gordon.

“At the moment, I feel good and ready to play. There were stages when I was a little bit tired during the season but perhaps that’s the benefit of playing for Celtic. Now and again, you’re not needed too often and you can get through a game without needing to do too much. That’s part and parcel of it.”

Gordon underlined the hostile nature of tomorrow’s game in the cauldron of Dublin’s Aviva Stadium: “It’s going to be competitive. We’re expecting a tough game and we’ve been training really hard,” he said. “It showed on Friday [in the friendly win against Qatar] that we’ve working on trying to press the ball and play high-energy football. That’s what we’ll need and we put it into practice. I’m sure the manager will be very happy with the effort he got from everyone.”