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.
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.
A few changes from the first XI against Hibs. Toljan and Henderson in, Burke up front. And making his debut on the bench in the 2018/19 season, step forward “Lunchlady” Dorus de Vries!
No reported injury to Craig Gordon, so… 👋🏼? https://t.co/qMWXVIq4sQ
— 90MC (@90MinuteCynic) March 9, 2019
Where is Craig Gordon?🤷🏻♂️
— John (@johnboy_62) March 9, 2019
Think Craig Gordon is in the huff
— big j (@johngreening2) March 9, 2019
Craig Gordon away on his holidays https://t.co/BIgyVyzC4x
— Reece Spark (@SparkReece) March 9, 2019
Big Craig Gordon injured …or still in a huff from tyncastle?
— DAVID-FEARNLEY-WEBB 🏴 🇮🇪 🇵🇸 🇸🇪 (@AndyGaveUs) March 9, 2019
Craig gordon injured or chucked it?
— guillotine del toro (@proggoth69) March 9, 2019
interesting to see Craig Gordon dropped from the bench. Does Neil really think DeVries is the better option? Is he trying to see every player for himself first?
— Kathryn White (@RealKaffo) March 9, 2019
— Johnny Paterson (@biguglyrol) March 10, 2019
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.
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.