Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has hailed his side’s fitness levels and will to win after their win over Hibs in the Betfred Cup semi-final saw them clock up their 60th domestic game without defeat.

Despite an energy-sapping evening in Munich last Wednesday night, the champions dug deep to see off a resolute challenge from Neil Lennon’s men at the national stadium on Saturday, eventually prevailing by four goals to two.

Gordon says that Celtic have proven that not only are they a physical match for anyone, but they have the mental resilience that gives them the edge over every other team in the country.

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“I think we showed we had plenty left in the tank,” said Gordon. “In the last five or 10 minutes we were still going strong and were looking to get goals.

“The subs coming on really helped and added that little bit of energy just when we needed it, so it was a decent team performance and we found a way to win.

“There was always going to be a little bit of fatigue coming from a game of that standard against Bayern and the amount of running we had to do from midweek to this, but we managed to cope with it really well.

“Towards the last 10 or 15 minutes we more than matched Hibs for fitness levels, and we were still going strong. That gives everybody great confidence that no matter how many games we’re asked to play, our fitness levels are right up there, and we can compete with anybody.

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“We were totally in control up until the penalty decision, and that sparked the game into life a little bit and gave Hibs something to chase, so that was disappointing.

“I think Dedryck [Boyata] took the ball, but these things are going to happen throughout the season. You hope that they don’t affect the outcome of a game, and I don’t think it did.

“The fact that we came out the other side and still found a way to go up the other end and score the goals we needed to get ourselves into the final was pleasing.

“We deserved the win. We had to fight for it, but we still found a way to win regardless of what decisions are made, and that’s what you have to do.”

Gordon believes what separates Celtic from the rest of the pack in Scotland is that ability to keep their heads no matter what happens in a game, and the way they are able to adapt to any situation.

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“We stay calm, stick to our gameplan, know what we want to do and know how we want to go about moving the opposition around and trying to win the game,” he said.

“We’ve always got a gameplan, and we try to stick to that no matter what is happening, whether that be a decision that goes against us, or somebody producing a moment of brilliance.

“We stay relaxed and stay together, and we know if we do that, then we’ve got every chance of getting back into the game or move further ahead.”

The only side who look capable of matching Celtic’s stride so far this season appear to be Aberdeen, runners-up to Celtic in every domestic competition last term and level on points with the champions at the top of the league.

Something has to give as Celtic travel to Pittodrie on Wednesday night, and while Gordon knows that his team will be in for another punishing test in a gruelling week, he is certain they are up to the task.

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“Aberdeen are keeping pace with us and they are playing really well,” he said.

“They’ve had to change their squad around a little bit this season, but there is still no let-up in terms of their results.

“They are undefeated in the league and it will be a very difficult challenge.

“It’s a big game, and one in which we know we’ll have to go there and scrap and fight for the right to play and try to win the game.

“it’s always a difficult place to go, especially with them being up there level on points with us. That gives them an added incentive to stay there, but we will be going there to win.”