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Celtic should stick with Craig Gordon despite Joe Hart’s likely availability

Celtic should stick with Craig Gordon despite Joe Hart’s likely availability

In stark contrast to their Old Firm rivals, Celtic have enjoyed a relatively quiet transfer window so far with only two new signings to report, but the Scottish Sun believe that they haven’t concluded their business just yet. 

According to a recent report from The Scottish Sun, Celtic are set to go head-to-head to secure the signature of Joe Hart (valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt) this summer.

After being frozen out of the first-team squad by Pep Guardiola, Hart has endured a tough time in attempting to kick-start his career, with loan spells at both Torino and West Ham illuminating his goalkeeping frailties which continue to manifest themselves on a regular basis.

Heroic match-winning performances and heart-sinking clangers have never been too far away from one another in Hart’s recent career, and it’s the level of inconsistency in his performances which make him an incredibly risky proposition for any potential buyers.

Hart has lost his place in the England squad altogether and been cast into no mans land at Man City as the club’s third choice goalkeeper – his demise from one of the world’s best is really a quintessential reminder of how quickly a footballer can rise and fall in the modern game.

However, despite this, it’s perfectly understandable to sympathise with Brendan Rodgers for expressing an interest in a player who, on his day, is simply world class between the sticks.

With interest unlikely to be forthcoming from Premier League club’s following a shaky spell with the Hammers, the coast could well be clear for Rodgers to sign the 31-year-old this summer, but Craig Gordon’s performances in recent seasons suggest there is little reason to rock the boat by changing a winning formula.

The making of any record-breaking team is built upon the foundations provided by a solid goalkeeper who commands respect from his back-four and pulls off huge saves in fixtures when they are hardly tested throughout the 90 minutes. Gordon is no exception to the rule, as he played an outstanding role in Celtic’s 69-game unbeaten run between 2016 and 2017 which will forever by etched into the hearts of the Bhoys faithful.

It’s an apt opportunity to lay down an age old saying: if it’s not broken don’t fix it. With those timeless words to consider, there’s absolutely no way Rodgers should be entertaining the possibility of signing Hart this summer whilst Gordon remains at the club, as his decision to replace the Celtic veteran would be completely unjustified.

Celtic fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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