John Robertson insists Hearts star Craig Gordon scares opposition as he makes Rousset and Niemi comparison

By Euan Robertson

John Robertson believes Craig Gordon is better a goalkeeper than Hearts icons Gilles Rousset and Antti Niemi.

French stopper Rousset and Finnish 'keeper Niemi enjoyed successful spells at Tynecastle but Robertson believes Gordon is in a league of his own.

The 38-year-old shows no signs of slowing up for club or country and he produced another outstanding performance to record a clean sheet against Hibs in the Edinburgh derby.

The Scotland number one is a relaxed character but Hearts legend, and all-time record scorer, Robertson believes opposition strikers fear the prospect of facing Gordon.

Robertson said: “Gilles Rousset was fantastic and after that you see guys like Antti Niemi come along.

"Craig Gordon is better than all of them and he proves it time after time after time.

“When you have him in your team you are always likely to have those big moments that were needed.

“The chance that Magennis gets, the cut back, I was right behind it and it looks like he’s put it in the corner but he gets a finger tip to it.

“His best save was the one he did not get credited for from Boyle in the first half, it was a brilliant save.

“Don’t forget this is a goalkeeper who lost three years of his career to a knee injury and he’s like a fine, nice red wine, he gets better and better.”

“I don’t think it affects the players in the heat of the game because you don’t get time to think about it but before the match, Craig Gordon’s reputation is scary for other forwards.

Hearts legend John Robertson (SNS Group)

“They’ll think, ‘it’s going to have to be a decent finish today’. He’s superb, he’s such a lovely guy as well, a humble guy and he deserves everything he’s got.”

Despite finishing goalless, it was a a pulsating Edinburgh Derby as both sides maintained their unbeaten records and Robertson felt it was an entertaining spectacle.

He added: “I thoroughly enjoyed it, I thought both teams showed a freshness.

“It had all the hallmarks of a derby, there was not a second on the ball, there were some crunching tackles.

“I thought both goalkeepers had some really good saves and some easy saves and some big misses.

“In the end it was a fair result. It’s one of those games that was entertaining. It was not a drab nil-nil.”


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