Eagle-eyed Celtic fans noticed that Craig Gordon wasn’t in the match-day squad for Celtic’s 0-0 draw at home to Aberdeen on Saturday.

It’s the first time in Gordon’s entire Celtic career that he has missed a match-day squad without a reported injury. There has yet to be any reports detailing why the veteran missed the contest.

Craig Gordon hasn’t played since Celtic’s 1-0 loss at Ibrox back in December (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Neil Lennon didn’t touch on it post-match in his press duties either. Instead, all we know is that Dorus de Vries was his replacement as a substitute for Scott Bain.


And, touching on the omission, supporters were surprised, with some giving their own views as to why he missed out.

All just speculation until Lennon says otherwise

We’ll never truly know why Gordon was dropped until Lennon confirms it. Was it to do with an argument? An injury? Or perhaps just a case of Lennon wanting to give De Vries a chance on the bench?

It was certainly an odd one. Gordon has been on the bench for Lennon’s last two matches in charge before Aberdeen. Since being dropped for Bain back in January, Gordon hasn’t played in any of Celtic’s last 14 matches.

Scott Bain is now Celtic’s number one, and that doesn’t look like changing (Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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It also doesn’t look like he’ll be getting back in anytime soon either. Bain has conceded just two goals domestically since being thrown in as the new number one by Brendan Rodgers. He has 10 clean sheets to his name since then too – showing the incredible form the goalkeeper is in.

Gordon, meanwhile, has had to twiddle his thumbs on the bench and wait for an opportunity. That opportunity has yet to arrive, and question marks will be now be put forward about why he was dropped altogether on Saturday.

Hopefully supporters get a proper explanation for this in the coming days. Gordon remains a vital part of the set-up at Parkhead, and if anything happens to Bain, you would like to think Gordon would still be the first reserve.


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