Craig Gordon breaks Scotland silence on Euro 2024 heartache as Hearts star reveals four point plan after injury

Craig Gordon has broken his silence on missing out on Scotland's Euro squad.

The veteran goalkeeper, 41, admitted it was a bitter pill to swallow being dropped from the provisional squad put in place by head coach Steve Clarke after he was officially told he would not be part of a three-man goalie group heading to Germany. Clarke revealed after last night's 2-2 draw with Finland that it was an emotional conversation with Gordon to break the news earlier this week but the player took it on the chin.

After making his milestone 75th appearance for Scotland off the bench, Gordon broke down the four-point plan he'd put in place all the way back in 2022 when he suffered a horrendous double leg break while playing for Hearts against Dundee United.

And despite not making the squad for the tournament, the proud stopper has hit his targets.

"When I was in the initial stages of my recovery I set myself four goals," he told Instagram followers. "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."