Goalkeeper Craig Gordon is set to make a decision on his future ‘within the next week’, he’s told BBC Radio Scotland programme Sportsound today.
Gordon’s contract at Celtic Park has expired and he’s not currently training with the squad at Lennoxtown while he considers his future.
Manager Neil Lennon has made no secret of the fact that he wants the ‘keeper to stick around next term but the Scotland international hasn’t been happy with the way contract talks have developed.
As we discussed earlier this week, a media interview with talkSPORT was not well received by some supporters.
He’s now in discussions with boyhood club Hearts and multiple other sides.
By the sounds of it, the shot-stopper’s desire to play regular football is edging him towards leaving Celtic behind for good.
Speaking to BBC Sportsound, Gordon said: “They [Hearts] are definitely a club I’ve been speaking to, but there have been a few. I’m very happy with the way everything has gone in the last few days and I’m hopeful that within the next week or so something will be organised.
“There’s going to be a number of factors to take into consideration. We’re talking about Scotland only being potentially a couple of games away from managing to qualify for a major tournament and the only way I can try and force my way back into Steve Clarke’s thoughts is to play football. That’s going to be a main thing for me to think about.
“The financial aspect, not so much, but obviously, if there is an awful lot of money on the table, then it’s something you do have to take a view on as a player. Those are things will come into making the decision in the end. We’ll see in the next week or so what happens there.”
Not only are Celtic hoping for Fraser Forster to remain at the club but, if that move fails, there have been reports over the last 48 hours that Joe Hart is being considered as Forster’s replacement.
With Scott Bain also at the club, and currently involved in pre-season preparations, it would all mean Gordon continues to be quite far down the pecking order in Lennon’s squad.
That’s something he clearly wants to prevent in order to boost his international ambitions.
Gordon was announced as one of the first signings at the club following the appointment of Ronny Deila in 2014 and has gone on to make 242 appearances for the club (Transfermarkt).
He’ll be remembered as an important part of our historic run of league titles.
Right now though, the evidence is pointing towards him not being here for our push towards ten-in-a-row.