Celtic’s link to Cameron Dawson today is only further proof that Craig Gordon is for the off at Parkhead.
Dawson is the first goalkeeper we’ve been linked with since the January transfer window opened. The Star today reported that the Hoops were monitoring the Sheffield Wednesday star, who is out of contract at the end of the season.
Interestingly, in The Star’s report, Dawson claimed he wants to stay at Sheffield. Regardless, whether he comes to Parkhead or not, it doesn’t read well for Gordon.
The experienced treble-treble winning shot-stopper stated before the window opened that this would be a “big month” for him (BBC).
Gordon’s last game for Celtic came against Cluj, where he let in two goals in a 2-0 defeat. He’s hardly been seen at Parkhead, despite being a player who’s number one priority has always been game-time.
January has been quiet so far for Gordon
Just the fact that Celtic are apparently looking for goalkeepers suggests that Gordon will leave. Whether it be this month or the end-of-the-season, it’s bound to happen.
There’s no clarification as to whether Celtic are interested in Dawson for January or on a free this summer. Our ability to attract an appropriate shot-stopper could be key to whether we let Gordon leave this month.
Ironically, in an ideal world, Gordon would stay at Celtic for years to come. Sure, he may not be first-choice material these days, but he’s likely going to be a better goalkeeper than whoever replaces him in reserve.
Gordon will know he’s too good and too experienced to be a number two or three at Celtic. There are no guarantees he’ll be ahead of Scott Bain either, who recently signed a new contract with the club.
Former Sunderland shot-stopper Gordon, however, may be concerned at the lack of formal offers received or reported. You would’ve imagined that clubs were going to be all over him this month, but so far we’ve heard nothing.
In any case, Celtic are clearly preparing for his departure. We need three solid goalkeeping choices, and our interest in Championship regular Dawson reflects that. Whether it be January or the summer, Gordon’s trophy-laden spell at Parkhead appears to be all but over.