Celtic’s veteran goalkeeper Craig Gordon will now surely be breathing a sigh of relief after avoiding a switch to Hearts in the summer.
The Scottish Sun reported towards the end of January that the shot-stopper was pleading for a move before the window closed. They also reported that Hearts were interested, and it looked like a deal that very well could’ve gone ahead.
However, Celtic decided to keep him until the end of the season, and Gordon must be extremely thankful for it now.
Sure, he’s only been given six games to impress this season (Transfermarkt). He’s played second fiddle to Fraser Forster this season and has also at times been behind Scott Bain in the pecking order too. Given his contract is up at the end of the season also, he looks more than likely to leave in the summer regardless (Transfermarkt).
But just look at what’s happening at Hearts. They’re currently rooted to the bottom of the Premiership and have asked their staff to take a 50% pay cut in order for the club to keep financially afloat during these uncertain times (BBC).
Things could’ve been a lot worse for Gordon
If Gordon was granted his switch to Hearts in January, things would’ve looked bleak. He would’ve been staring at almost certain relegation with a club in clear financial trouble and who would’ve slashed his wages in half.
Sure, he would’ve been playing regularly. Gordon is, after all, a much higher calibre of goalkeeper than Zdenek Zlamal or Joel Pereira. However, there would’ve been far too much uncertainty over his future.
Staying at Celtic may have done nothing for his minutes on the field. But one of Gordon’s main reasons for wanting to leave was to give himself the best chance of making Euro 2020 (Scottish Sun).
Given the fact that Euro 2020 has now been pushed back a year (UEFA), Gordon has plenty of time to weigh up his options ahead of next year. He has plenty of time to find a move that will give him game-time at a more stable club that will allow him to push his case to be involved with Scotland.
Much rather that than having committed to Hearts for the foreseeable future. Things could’ve gotten messy for the Celtic goalkeeper if he’d made the move to Tynecastle.
Fast forward a couple of months and, even this soon after January, Gordon should be thankful he’s staying at Parkhead until at least until the end of the season.