Craig Gordon discloses Neil Lennon call after Celtic exit

By David Walton

December 17, 2020

Craig Gordon has revealed that Neil Lennon gave him a parting call to wish him all the best as he left Celtic for Hearts.

Gordon departed Parkhead in the summer after a superb six years in Glasgow. Originally signed by Ronny Deila, the Scotland international picked up six Premiership titles, three Scottish Cups, and five League Cups.

However, the manner of his exit looked poor at face value. The veteran’s contract may only have run out, but Gordon had been voicing frustrations over the club’s renewal offer for him (Daily Record).

Yet as he prepares to face his old side for new club Hearts on Sunday in the Scottish Cup final, Gordon has eased the tension. In fact, he openly praised Lennon and John Kennedy for how they treated him during his time there.

As quoted by the BBC, Gordon said: “It wasn’t messy and there’s no bad blood. I wanted to go and play football. They were going down a different route, they could have got Fraser and I would have sat and not played for another year and that’s something I didn’t want to do.

“Even seeing what’s happened there I wouldn’t change a thing. I had a great time and left on good terms with all the coaches. I was speaking with (goalkeeping coach) Stevie Woods when I joined up with the Scotland squad, Neil Lennon phoned me after I left and wished me all the best, John Kennedy was excellent throughout the summer letting me know what was happening.”

Celtic were more than good for Gordon

So no hard feelings according to Craig. Fair enough, it’s nice to hear considering he was such a large part of our treble-treble success. Not so much the potential quadruple-treble seeing as Fraser Forster kept him out last year.

However, it would be interesting to know if Gordon regrets anything. Perhaps about the way he conducted himself during last season’s contract talks. Call me cynical, but I wasn’t a fan of him voicing his frustrations to the public. It was a poor move and something the Celtic fans didn’t appreciate either.

For a player who made 242 appearances for the Hoops, you would’ve thought that might’ve meant something (Transfermarkt). Celtic were good to Gordon after all. We gave him a contract when not many were lining up to give him a second opportunity in the game.

Former Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s difficult to shake the idea that Gordon still holds some form of bitterness. He hasn’t really opened up much about his time in Glasgow. It’s as if he lacks a certain fondness that you would expect him to have.

Each to their own I supposed, but there will definitely be some added spice for him when he lines up on Sunday. Regardless of the classy gesture from Lennon when he left the club.

Hopefully, Sunday is anything but a day to remember for the treble-treble winner.

In other news, fellow 67HailHail writer John McGinley isn’t having the nonsensical Celtic exit rumours.