Goalkeepers Craig Gordon, David Marshall and Allan McGregor lit up a Coach Education event as guest speakers on Wednesday night. 

The trio of international stars took part in a question and answer session in front of a packed room at Hampden Park, in the latest Goalkeeping Continuous Professional Development (CPD) initiative. 

Combined, the three have racked up over 1500 appearances between them, and during a well-received Q&A session, the three opened up on their careers - from the challenges they faced at a young age, to competing for the Scotland number one jersey. 

Gordon, whose career began at Heart of Midlothian, recounted his experiences as a youngster going out on loan to Cowdenbeath before establishing himself with the Jambos. A high-profile switch to Sunderland was followed by a return to Scotland with Celtic, Gordon's current club. 

The 36-year-old said: "I got told at the age of 15 or 16 that I wasn't going to be tall enough to be a goalkeeper and I actually got released from Hearts. But, almost by default, they signed me three months later because they were required to have a goalkeeper at Under-18 level for the Youth Cup. We went on to win the Youth Cup that year and I ended up signing a four year deal."

Starting out with Celtic, Marshall's early stages of his career included a debut against Spanish giants Barcelona at Camp Nou, before the keeper travelled south for spells with Norwich City, Cardiff City and Hull City. Internationally, he has collected an impressive 27 caps, 22 of which he has won in the last six years. 

The stopper addressed some of the things he has developed as he has gathered more experience in his career. He said: "For me personally, I think it becomes easier to get past things mentally as you get older. If you make mistakes you can deal with it that bit better and working with your goalkeeping coach can be such a big influence for you because they point out what you've done well, along with things you could do better."

Rangers stopper McGregor has had an equally illustrious career, making his debut for the Gers in 2002 and remaining with the club for a decade, heading out for brief loan spells during that time. He then left for Besiktas before signing for Hull City. He returned full circle when he signed for Rangers in the summer of 2018. 

The 37-year-old spoke about the mental side of the game. He said: "I went through a bad spell at Hull a few years ago towards the tail-end of the season - it just felt like everything was going past me. I actually spoke to the club psychologist and he asked me 'What are you thinking about?' and I told him that I was questioning myself and whether I was doing things right or not. But then he asked me to think about when I felt I played my best and it was clear to me that I played better when I didn't think about things. I did that, and sure enough, things turned around."

With a combined total of 123 caps for their country, the three goalkeepers, who have been pillars on the international scene for over a decade, offered  invaluable insight for the coaches in attendance. 

The room was also treated to presentations from Celtic's Academy Goalkeeping Coach Colin Meldrum, and Ranger's Head of Academy Goalkeeping Graeme Smith.