It’s not a bad position to be in. Celtic’s players could kick back on Friday night, slip into their baffies and open an industrial size packet of granny sookers while watching Aberdeen versus Dundee on the telly.

By the time that poke of sweeties has been devoured over the course of 90 minutes, Celtic could be crowned Scottish champions, providing Aberdeen don’t pick up maximum points at Dens Park.

And if it doesn’t happen on Friday night, then the Celtic players get the chance to put the tin lid on affairs off their own bat on Sunday with victory over Hearts at Tynecastle.

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All in all then, it’s a win-win situation. Well, not if Aberdeen win and Celtic lose that is. But let’s not complicate what are merely the formalities of an inevitable coronation in the very near future.

“I don’t care, I really don’t care,” said Craig Gordon, the Celtic goalkeeper, when asked if he would prefer to win the title in those aforementioned baffies or with the gloves and boots on.

“We have put in the hard work for so long that it really doesn’t matter. Over the whole season we have gone and done everything that has been asked of us domestically so far and it doesn’t matter whether it is before the game or not.”

The chance to secure the league title at the ground of his former club Hearts, though, would give that championship winning feeling an extra resonance for Gordon, who was born and raised in Auld Reekie and remains a sturdy Jambo.

“Growing up I have always wanted to win the league at Tynecastle,” he said with a wry smile. “It will be nice to get it wrapped up as soon as possible by whatever means. I am sure I will take some stick from my pals but that is football. I just have to get on with it and go out and play the game and try to win the match.”

With Celtic players shining for both club and country – there were six in the Scotland team that overcame Slovenia on Sunday – Gordon continues to relish this period of purposeful prosperity. While his young team-mate, Stuart Armstrong, was earning rave reviews for a debut that, by all accounts, was as jaw-dropping as The Beatles’ first American appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, Gordon’s even younger colleague, Kieran Tierney, was also having sodden lumps of acclaim shovelled over him as he moved from right-back to left-back to aid the national cause.

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“He was brilliant and he said in the dressing room that he maybe shouldn’t have played so well because he might have turned himself into a right back,” added Gordon. “He said the last time he played there it was under-12s - that is only a couple of years ago. Some of the movements and patterns of play were similar to what you would see at club level. The boys playing together really does help the solidity of the team. Going back to the start of my international career I had the two Hearts centre halves which was a great help and we kept a lot of clean sheets.”

Whether Celtic travel to Tynecastle as champions or have to complete the job on the day, Gordon will always harbour fond memories of events down Gorgie way. Back in a turbulent and triumphant 2005/2006 campaign, the 34-year-old was part of the Hearts side which split the Old Firm and finished second in the table to secure a crack at the Champions League while also lifting the Scottish Cup.

The night Hearts beat Aberdeen to seal the runners-up spot is not one Gordon will forget. Winning the league in Edinburgh on Sunday might just trump that, though.

“That was a nervy night (against Aberdeen) and that was the highlight because it was the highest finish we achieved when I was there,” said Gordon of a season in which Hearts won their first eight games before George Burley was sacked as the club’s eccentric, meddling owner Vladimir Romanov flung his rubles-worth into affairs.

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"We possibly could have done a little better that season too as we started off so well. It would have been nice to see if we had been able to continue but there was a lot going on behind the scenes. We still managed to get through and finish second behind Celtic and we won the cup so it was a good season all round. It wouldn’t have taken a great deal more to push on and give Celtic a bigger fright.”

Should Celtic require a win on Sunday, then there’s little evidence to suggest they’ll suffer any stage fright given their utter dominance this season.

"It was more a feeling of relief when we won the league last season,” he said. “But this year has just been hard work, great organisation and everybody pulling in the one direction.”

*Craig Gordon was speaking at the launch of a partnership between Celtic Women's first team and Eden Mill St Andrews