Veteran Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has told the club that he wants to leave before the end of the January transfer window.
The Scottish Sun reported that the 37-year-old, who has made just six appearances all season, has pleaded with the Hoops’ hierarchy to allow him to exit Parkhead before Friday’s transfer deadline, with Hearts expressing an interest in bringing him back to Tynecastle for a second spell.
According to The Scottish Sun, Gordon wants to be playing regularly at club level with Scotland potentially qualifying for Euro 2020 should they come through the play-offs, with the ‘keeper out of contract at Parkhead at the end of this season.
Gordon’s desire to quit Celtic is understandable with Euro 2020 on the horizon and with the 37-year-old playing second fiddle to Fraser Forster at Parkhead. The ex-Hearts ‘keeper has featured just once for the Hoops since the end of September and that appearance came in the Europa League defeat to CFR Cluj when Lennon’s side had already won their group and the manager made nine changes to his team (as per BBC).
Gordon has kept clean sheets in three of his six outings this season (50% of games) and shipped four goals (0.67 per game), with an overall record at Celtic of 121 clean sheets in 242 appearances (also 50%) and 193 goals conceded (0.8 per game).
While Lennon is willing to respect the goalkeeper’s desire to leave (as per The Scottish Sun), the manager could well be reluctant to let him go given that Celtic are not blessed with options in this department. Aside from Gordon and Forster, Scott Bain is the only other senior goalkeeper at the club and he continues to be sidelined after breaking his thumb, while reserve team ‘keeper Conor Hazard has been loaned out to Dundee.
Having been with Celtic since 2014 and made almost 250 appearances in that time, Gordon has been a tremendous servant to the club and Lennon is right to be respectful of his wishes to play more regularly elsewhere.
However, it would be hugely risky and naive of the Parkhead club to let him out the door given that he is currently the only available alternative to Forster. As Gordon knows all too well from losing two years of his career to a knee injury, one body blow to the Hoops’ first choice goalkeeper would leave Celtic totally reliant on the 37-year-old and see him get the call from Lennon, so the club must use all their powers of persuasion in attempting to change his mind.
Celtic fans, do you empathise with Gordon’s desire to leave given his lack of game-time at the club? Can the Hoops afford to lose him with no other goalkeeping backup to Forster? Have your say by commenting below!
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