After today’s meeting between UEFA and its 55 member associations, Celtic must make sure that they take control of the goalkeeping situation to avoid any potential disasters.
The Polish FA have stated that European football’s governing body want all domestic matters to be settled by June 30th. That means that all league titles and domestic cup competitions must come to a close by then (Evening Express).
There’s still no guarantee that Scottish football will be able to finish the season either. The current health crisis around the globe is continuing to create uncertainty on a daily basis. How the world, nevermind Scotland, will look in a couple of months’ time is anyone’s guess.
But if Scottish football does get back up in running next month or a couple of months down the line – Celtic could have a big problem on their hands.
There could end up being a mad dash to end the season. And, given the contract situations have still to be sorted, that could leave us without both Fraser Forster and Craig Gordon for the final few weeks of the campaign.
Forster is only on loan from Southampton and has been the number one ever since he arrived back in August. His deal at Parkhead is up at the end of the season, but there’s no confirmation as of yet with regards to the specific date his contract runs up to.
If it’s the end of May or even the start of June, he could be off before the end of the season if something isn’t worked out. This makes it all the more essential that Celtic get on the phone to Southampton and try to talk hypotheticals.
As for Gordon, his contract apparently expires at the end of May (Transfermarkt). That would mean that he certainly won’t be here in June if all things stay the same. He could, if the SPFL goes ahead with it, miss the final few months of the campaign.
Gordon will also be looking to protect his own future, therefore it’s not outside the realms of possibility that he’ll already have signed a pre-contract by then too.
Of course, Gordon’s departure wouldn’t be too big a blow so long as Celtic keep Forster. Losing both would be an absolute disaster given the current situation.
Celtic would only have Scott Bain available. After that you’re then looking to the youth ranks. There’s a time and a place for that, and crunch-time in the season isn’t it.
So hopefully it doesn’t come down to that. An agreement with Saints would preferably be reached to keep Forster here until the end of the season. Extending Gordon’s deal for another month could be more complicated.
It’s all hypothetical at the moment, but it’s something the Hoops will want to keep on top of as we await further updates.