Hearts keeper relishing going up in opposition to outdated Scotland team-mate at Easter Highway

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon admits his friendship with David Marshall will imply nothing when the pair lock horns in Sunday’s Edinburgh derby.

The previous Scotland team-mates can be at reverse ends of the pitch at Easter Highway for the televised encounter as each groups look to take care of their successful begins to the Premiership.

Marshall returned to Scottish soccer following 15 years south of the border when he joined the Leith outfit earlier this summer time.

Hearts goalkeeper Craig Gordon (Pic: Hearts TV)

The pair had shared a global dressing room on and off since 2004 earlier than Marshall introduced his retirement from the Scotland staff in June.

And Gordon is wanting ahead to going up in opposition to the 37-year-old within the weekend’s conflict.

He mentioned: “It’s a great transfer again up the street for him. I do know his household have been again up right here for just a few years so it’s good for him to get again up right here and be in Scotland once more.

“However in all probability all pleasant rivalries can be put apart for the derby. We’ll attempt to win that recreation and I’m positive we’ll communicate after it.

”Marshall is a legend within the eyes of the Scotland followers after his penalty heroics in opposition to Serbia helped get the nationwide staff to Euro 2020.

Nonetheless, Gordon admits that won’t make him immune to stay from the Hearts followers in derby encounters.

He added: “It’s a great signing for Hibs. He’s been an actual regular goalie over his total profession and he’s bought the very well-known second that every one followers will at all times thank him for, however perhaps not at Tynecastle for the following couple of years.

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”Gordon, in the meantime, has described the membership’s Europa League play-off draw as ‘affordable’ after Hearts managed to keep away from a few of European soccer’s greater golf equipment.

Robbie Neilson’s aspect will tackle both Swiss aspect FC Zurich or Linfield of Northern Eire for a spot within the profitable group levels, the ties going down on August 18 and 25.

Greek giants Olympiakos, Swedes Malmo, Maribor of Slovenia, Serbian outfit Partizan Belgrade and Fenerbahce of Turkey had been among the many different groups Hearts may have been paired with.

Zurich, who’re favourites to progress, gained their league final season however are at present second backside of the desk with just one level from a doable 9.

Even when Hearts fall quick, they’re assured Europa Convention League group soccer till November.

Gordon added: “It was going to be powerful irrespective of who we bought, we’ll wait and see who comes by way of that tie. “It’s thrilling for us to be part of it, we’ll give it our greatest shot.

“It could be an unbelievable achievement to get by way of to the Europa League (group levels).

“We watched the draw after coaching to see who we’d get, there are just a few massive names that had been doable and the draw is cheap, though I nonetheless assume it’s going to be very tough.

“We’ll give it our greatest shot, we’re excited to be a part of it however we additionally wish to obtain and go there and win that recreation.”

After Hibs, Hearts may also face Dundee United earlier than turning their consideration in direction of European soccer and Gordon insists the Gorgie outfit, who beat Ross County within the Premiership opener, wish to construct some momentum.

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He added: “We wish to arrive at that recreation on a great run, get just a few victories earlier than then.

“It’s as much as us now to focus on the league and ensure we’re arriving there on good type and able to take that problem on.

”Gordon was a part of the final Hearts staff to compete in European group stage soccer again in 2004 and is relishing returning to that stage with the staff he grew up supporting.

He added: “Assured group stage of some description, we’re pleased about that, it’s going to be a tough season with the quantity of matches however the problem is nice.

“That’s what we wish to be a part of. We wish to benefit from the European video games, particularly at Tynecastle, the followers will love having European soccer again there.

”Hearts supporters, in the meantime, have snapped up the membership’s total 3,900 ticket allocation for Sunday’s eagerly-anticipated showdown.

Followers with the required loyalty factors purchased the remaining briefs yesterday morning.