Craig Gordon targets Celtic League Cup final tonic after CL exit
Last Updated: 24/11/16 4:13pm
Craig Gordon wants Celtic to resume their "relentless" domestic form when they take on Aberdeen in Sunday's League Cup final.
An early Champions League exit was confirmed by Lionel Messi's double for Barcelona on Wednesday night, but the Hoops can respond this weekend by delivering a first trophy under Brendan Rodgers.
Celtic remain unbeaten in the Scottish Premiership under their new manager, a run of 11 wins from 12 games including home and away successes over Sunday's opponents.
But goalkeeper Gordon said: "It is going to be tough, with the qualities Aberdeen possess. We have played them twice this season and we know what we are up against and we know we are in for a very tough game.
"We have come out on top but they have been very close games. Even at Celtic Park, the scoreline was probably a little flattering towards us so we know we know it is going to be very tough.
"They have good qualities and we have to be at our very best to make sure we are containing that but also to go ahead and try to dominate the game and win the match.
"We have done very well to put ourselves in this position. We want to be relentless and keep going and win as many matches between now and the end of the season as we can.
"We have worked very hard in the first part of the season to get to a cup final, to play some very difficult games in Europe and we want to win this one."
Barca might have won by more on Wednesday but for Gordon, who kept out a Luis Suarez header from six yards.
"Hopefully, that will be in the highlights reel come the end of my career," he said. "When you do it against a superstar like Suarez, it is always going to get talked about more.
"It is something that we worked on during the week. The speed across goal is how Barcelona get a lot of their goals and my goalkeeping coach had me well prepared for that type of thing to happen.
"There were not too many saves in training but eventually I got the one that really mattered."