Craig Gordon’s departure from Celtic now seems inevitable after both the player and managed have commented on his future.
It started off with Gordon speaking several days ago about how January was going to be a big month. The shot-stopper stated that he always wants to be playing, and that he would take that chance where he could get it (BBC).
Lennon then responded yesterday and stated that he didn’t want Gordon to depart. However, the Celtic boss also seemed open to the prospect of letting him leave if he so wishes. Here’s what Lenny said on the BBC website:
“From a selfish point of view I want him to stay. He might have his own principles and want to play himself. It’s a situation not of Craig’s making. He’s a great pro and I get the fact he might want to play more games.
“He’s a player I’d be loath to let go or want to see go out the door because he’s a quality goalkeeper. Fraser is the number one currently and if anything happened to him then Craig is a ready-made replacement to step in.”
A mutual understanding of the current situation
Both Gordon and Lennon will have had their media faces on for these comments, but you can see below the masks that there is an acceptance of Gordon’s departure. Whether that be in January or at the end of the season, it’s likely coming.
Lennon may want Gordon to stay and be back-up to Fraser Forster, but we’re talking about a goalkeeper who has played nearly 250 games for the club and has Champions League, Europa League, and Premier League experience (Transfermarkt).
If Gordon was giving out vibes about staying, Lennon would be a lot more affirmative on the matter. His words yesterday came across as accepting of the situation.
The player himself has effectively made his thoughts clear too. He’s pretty much told us that he wants first-team football and will take it wherever he can. Without actually knowing when he’ll depart, there seems next to no chance of Gordon signing a new deal at Parkhead.
Of course the situation could change and Gordon’s mind-set could alter. However, he’s always been a goalkeeper who has thrived on being first-choice. He’s too good to sit on the bench and he knows it.
Celtic also have Scott Bain in reserve, and he would also be a fairly reliable pair of hands should Gordon move on in January. So far, there have been no reports of any early approaches or enquiries, but you can bet he won’t be short of interest when the window opens.