Craig Gordon “has made it clear” he wants to leave Celtic this month – according to a report from the Scotsman.

The veteran goalkeeper has been linked with a move back to Hearts between now and Friday night, and the Edinburgh based paper also say that the Tynecastle side haven’t given up hope of landing their man.

Hearts boss Daniel Stendel

Hearts boss Daniel Stendel (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Last night, Hoops boss Neil Lennon reiterated his desire to keep second choice keeper Gordon.

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He told the BBC: “Craig wants to play obviously with the Euros in mind, but he is such an important part of the squad that we don’t want to let him go.”

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Gordon makes virtually every Celtic matchday squad

Gordon is out of contract, and almost certain to end a six year Parkhead stay, in May (transfermarkt.co.uk) although Celtic clearly feel he still has some sort of role to play between now and then.

The Scotland international has only featured once since September, although he has been part of the matchday squad for every other game, putting him firmly ahead of Scott Bain in the pecking order.

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And it seems like Lennon is reluctant to let his second-choice keeper depart just in case disaster was to strike with Fraser Forster.

Celtic number one Fraser Forster

Celtic number one Fraser Forster (Photo by Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

It’s easy to see that point of view too, given that we’re not likely to make much money from any sale to Hearts this month.

Stability and winning nine-in-a-row in the most important thing.

Losing a consistent matchday squad member to another Premiership side wouldn’t be the best way to go about things, no matter Gordon’s desire for international football.

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