Craig Gordon can give Celtic manager a dilemma with match-winning display

By John Reid

August 27, 2019

The situation involving Celtic’s goalkeepers is set to get very interesting in the next week. The Hoops have two huge games in the week ahead. They take on AIK in the Europa League play-off second leg on Thursday.

That is followed by the first Glasgow derby of the season against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.

Craig Gordon will be in goals for the Hoops for the game against AIK. This was confirmed by Neil Lennon to the Scottish Sun.

Recent signing started in last league game

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However, the goalkeeper to face Rangers has not yet been decided. It could well be Fraser Forster. The on-loan goalkeeper started for the Hoops in the recent 3-1 win over Hearts.

What if Gordon turns in a match-winning display against AIK though? That would leave the Hoops boss with a very intriguing selection dilemma.

You would imagine that Forster has been brought back to Celtic to be the number one goalkeeper. That could change when Scott Bain returns from his thumb injury.

But the fact that Neil Lennon selected Forster for the Hearts fixture shows that he isn’t at the club to be on the bench.

Good performance in Sweden could change situation

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A good Gordon performance against AIK could change the situation. However, it should be remembered that Gordon lost his place in the Celtic side following an indifferent display at Ibrox in a 1-0 loss in December.

He made some excellent saves in that game, but his kicking in particular was poor and put the Hoops under pressure at times.

Perhaps that will be in Neil Lennon’s thoughts when he choses the goalkeeper that will start against Rangers. The AIK game comes first though, and it will be one of Gordon’s biggest for Celtic in a long time.

Neil Lennon may already have his starting line-up already in mind for the AIK and Rangers games. However, a good performance from Gordon in Sweden could change all that.