Celtic sign former Black Cats keeper

Celtic sign former Black Cats keeper

Celtic have completed a deal to sign former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, the Scottish Premiership champions have announced.

The 31-year-old has not played professionally for two years following his release by the Black Cats in 2012 following a series of arm and knee injuries.

But he will now have the chance to resurrect his career at Celtic Park, having been handed a two-year contract with the option for a third.

``Celtic have signed goalkeeper Craig Gordon on a two-year contract with the club having the option of a third year,'' read a statement on the club's official website.

“The 31-year-old keeper, who formerly played with Hearts and Sunderland and who has 40 Scotland caps, will immediately jet out to Austria to join Ronny Deila and his new Celtic team-mates at their pre-season base.”

Gordon began his career with hometown club Hearts, where he won a Scottish Cup, and his performances earned him a £9million move to Sunderland in 2007, then a British record fee for a goalkeeper.

A knee injury sidelined him for three months in the 2008/09 campaign and the following season a broken arm saw him miss a further 12 weeks.

Simon Mignolet displaced Gordon as number one at the Stadium of Light ahead of the 2010/11 campaign and further knee problems over the next two seasons meant he would never consistently regain his place.

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