Celtic can’t allow Craig Gordon to leave the club in January, despite Robert Douglas stating that he could discuss his future during the window.

Gordon is in the final year of his contract (Transfermarkt). After Scott Bain signed a new deal, and with Fraser Forster in fine form as the number one, it looks like his time at the club could be up.

It’s important to stress that neither Neil Lennon nor Gordon have confirmed that’s the case. But given the circumstances, it will be a real surprise if he extends his current deal or signs a new one.

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Craig Gordon’s last big Celtic game was against AIK (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Recently, Rab Douglas told the BBC that he thinks Lenny might have a chat with Craig in January. But despite Douglas suggesting he could discuss his future this winter, Celtic have to keep Gordon for now.

Celtic have to keep well-stocked in the number one position

Just because Bain is back, it doesn’t mean there aren’t any side effects to his hand injury. He’s been out of the picture ever since we lost to Cluj at Parkhead back in August.

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If Bain was to pick up another knock, which isn’t exactly a ludicrous idea, we would be left with just one senior goalkeeper. Equally, if Forster was injured, we would be left with only Bain and a youth goalkeeper.

Scott Bain hasn’t played since Cluj in August (MB Media/Getty Images)

We’re as well keeping Gordon until the end of the season. He’s always been a reliable deputy when he has been our back-up goalkeeper. Considering how professional he’s been during his time at Parkhead, you couldn’t imagine him causing any issues if he stays on.

The best time for Gordon to leave is at the end of the campaign. Even if he signs a pre-contract, that would also be absolutely fine. But unless we sign another shot-stopper in January, it makes sense to keep Craig on our books.

Gordon’s contract is up at the end of the season (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This isn’t a time in our history where we can go risking anything. Celtic simply must keep up their domination of Scottish football until at least 10-in-a-row is won. We need to cover our backs in every position. Keeping Gordon for a further six months would be doing just that.

Sure, he might not get another game. But the club comes first, and it would be the best move we could make. Allowing Craig to go early opens us up to unnecessary risks.

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