Craig Gordon says it’s a dream come true to become Hearts’ club captain for a second time.
The Scotland keeper was yesterday handed the armband by manager Robbie Neilson following an impressive season between the sticks, as the Jambos secured the Championship title for an instant return to the Premiership.
Having already skippered his boyhood team during his first spell in Gorgie, Craig knows only too well how special a feeling it is to lead the side out at Tynecastle Park.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, he said: “For the second time, it’s a big honour. Everybody knows I grew up a Hearts fan. To come to the club, to play for them, was always a dream.
“To add on top of that winning a trophy and getting the captaincy, it’s been fantastic to come back here and achieve what we set out to achieve.
“Now, on top of that, to have the captaincy going forward is a huge honour for me.
“Absolutely, it’s come full circle. When I left here I was captain, I don’t even know how many years ago that was but it was a while ago.
“To come back, it’s a special place. It’s always a club I’ve looked out for no matter where I’ve been.
“It’s fantastic to get back here and to take that role on and try and improve and add my experience to the younger players coming through, and try and help the guys round about me, that’s the stage of my career I’m at now.
“It’s going to be a very enjoyable part of the last few years that I have left to do that and help some of the younger boys come through.”
Craig’s press conference is available to watch in full on Hearts TV by clicking here.