Celtic fans shouldn't read anything into comments on Craig Gordon

By David Walton

October 21, 2019

The comments from Paul Robinson today on Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon shouldn’t be taken seriously.

The former England international has given his opinion on Gordon’s Celtic situation. Former Hearts shot-stopper Gordon has been out of the side since his performance in the 4-1 win at AIK back in August.

Despite the fact Scott Bain picked up an injury against Cluj and hasn’t been seen since, Neil Lennon went out and signed Fraser Forster and kept Gordon on the bench. Since then, Fraser’s been the number one, with Gordon regularly seen as the back-up man.

Craig Gordon “doesn’t like” Neil Lennon, according to Paul Robinson (Julian Finney/Getty Images)

And speaking to Football Insider today, Robinson said the following on how Gordon feels at the club.

“Take Craig Gordon out the team, he doesn’t like the manager now, he’s not going to, so it can be very, very difficult for a third choice goalkeeper to break into the team, given what’s ahead of him.

“He’s got two very, very good, old, experienced goalkeepers so for him to breakthrough you’ll probably need injury or suspension or look elsewhere to get game time.

“He’s been excellent for Celtic for the last couple of years, I think he’s been outstanding. I don’t know if it’s harsh he has been dropped, that’s a managers’ personal preference.”

Gordon has shown nothing but professionalism at Parkhead

You can say what you want about Gordon’s credentials to be Celtic number one. However, when it comes to his professionalism, nobody can have a go at the Scotland veteran.

He’s been in and out of the side over the past couple of years. But he’s now second choice for a reason It’s not yet clear whether he’s actually also behind Scott Bain. The former Dundee goalkeeper has struggled with a finger injury over the last two months. But in any case, Gordon clearly isn’t getting much game-time at all.

Fraser Forster is the current Celtic number one (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

But Robinson’s main reason for Gordon not liking Lennon seems to be just because he isn’t in the team. Whether you like him or not, that’s not what Gordon’s about. He’s never shown such pettiness throughout his career, and surely wouldn’t start now.

These claims from Robinson don’t appear based on anything. He never played with Gordon, so surely isn’t friendly enough with him to know whether he likes the Celtic manager or not.

Neil Lennon hasn’t had any problems with Gordon so far (Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

If this was the case, wouldn’t Gordon have been dropped from matchday squads? If there’s such a poor relationship between the two, Lenny wouldn’t entertain Gordon if he had that attitude.

But nobody could believe this in a million years. Gordon is the consummate professional. Him not being a fan of Lennon seems highly unlikely given how well the club has been doing. And, if we’re being serious, would he really start throwing the dummy out of the pram because he’s a substitute? That doesn’t seem in Gordon’s nature.