Goalkeeper Craig Gordon has confirmed he will not be playing for Celtic next season following the expiration of his contract, writing on Instagram this evening.

A statement said: “6 League Titles. 5 League Cups. 3 Scottish Cups. The last six years have been the most successful period of my professional career, and I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in making this possible.

“The club, for initially taking a chance on someone who hadn’t played in nearly three years. And to Woodsy for encouraging me to make the move in the first place, and for training me ridiculously hard ever since. I’ve had the pleasure of playing alongside some brilliant team-mates – who without, my time at the club would have been very different.

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“The fans, for their support. Home, away… all over the world. Thank you.

“My family, who have been there through it all. The ups and downs, the miles, the sacrifices, the celebrations. I hope I’ve made them proud.

“At 37, and with a few years in me yet, I just want to play the game I love, and have played for 20+ professional seasons. Football can make for difficult decisions, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter and challenge.

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“Thank you, again.”

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6 League Titles. 5 League Cups. 3 Scottish Cups. The last six years have been the most successful period of my professional career, and I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in making this possible. The club, for initially taking a chance on someone who hadn’t played in nearly three years. And to Woodsy for encouraging me to make the move in the first place, and for training me ridiculously hard ever since. I’ve had the pleasure of playing alongside some brilliant team-mates – who without, my time at the club would have been very different. The fans, for their support. Home, away… all over the world. Thank you. My family, who have been there through it all. The ups and downs, the miles, the sacrifices, the celebrations. I hope I’ve made them proud. At 37, and with a few years in me yet, I just want to play the game I love, and have played for 20+ professional seasons. Football can make for difficult decisions, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter and challenge. Thank you, again. CG.

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Gordon joined the club in 2014 and went on to make 242 appearances, becoming a huge part of historic seasons such as the 2016/17 campaign when his team became invincible treble winners under Brendan Rodgers.

He’s been a fantastic shot-stopper during his time at Celtic.

Recently he went on the record with media outlets sharing his frustration with the latest contract offer from the club that he said was on much-reduced terms.

Now it’s clear he is looking to get regular week-to-week action that could boost his chances of an international return with Scotland.

With Celtic aiming to bring Fraser Forster back for next season and Scott Bain also at the club, it appears that challenge has become too great at the Hoops.

All the best Craig in the next chapter of your distinguished career!

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