Former Celtic stopper, Rab Douglas believes that Craig Gordon will be knocking on Neil Lennon’s door if he continues to have his playing time restricted at Parkhead.
Should Craig Gordon leave Celtic?
Gordon has seen his stock fall dramatically after beginning last season as undisputed number one and being man-of-the-match in the first Glasgow derby to currently sitting third in the pecking order behind Scott Bain and on-loan Fraser Forster.
Speaking on BBC Sportsound (via The Daily Record) Douglas said of Gordon’s current lack of game time:
“I think it will get to January and Craig (Gordon) will have a discussion with Lennon. I don’t think anybody wants to sit in the bench, it’s not about the money. Craig will have enough money”.
“The big thing is going out playing and enjoying it. He’s coming to the tail end of his career now, he needs to go to a level where he is really enjoying his football”.
“I think the wages as well, Celtic might want to free up wages and bring a younger goalie in. They’ve certainly got the two boys out at Championship clubs on loan so it will be interesting how Lennon deals with that”.
It certainly looks that way, when Scott Bain picked up a hand injury in August it would have been fair to assume that Gordon would reclaim his starting place and that one of the youngsters out on loan would be recalled.
When Lennon signed Forster, perhaps it signalled the end of Gordon’s Celtic career as we know it. Indeed, Douglas is right, at 36, and Bain signing a new 4-year contract there is little to suggest that the former Sunderland man has a long-term future at the club.
As a goalkeeper, Gordon has time left on his side and has won every domestic honour at Celtic. Frankly, with the international position arguably up for grabs given Steve Clarke’s struggles there, it makes perfect sense for all parties for him to seek a move away as soon as possible as Douglas rightly says.
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