Everyone is danger of forgetting Craig Gordon still needs replaced

By David Walton

January 12, 2019

As we continue to wait on potential recruits at the back, will Celtic forget to strengthen one key area – the goalkeeper?

This might be a controversial view, but Craig Gordon isn’t good enough. He’s done Celtic a terrific turn during his over three-year stint in Glasgow. His return from injury has been nothing short of remarkable, and he’ll be remembered fondly for his work at Parkhead.

Gordon has now made over 200 appearances for the Hoops, and has fended off challenges from the likes of Dorus de Vries and Scott Bain. For that, he deserves immense credit.

But, like it or not, he’s also becoming a reliability.

Craig Gordon hasn’t been reliable for a long time (TF-Images/Getty Images)

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Celtic are a team that like to play the ball out from the back. Too often is Gordon lackadaisical in this aspect. He looks far too uncomfortable on the ball, and seems far too suited to going direct.

Supporters just don’t have confidence when Gordon is playing it out. Granted, the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Jozo Simunovic hardly inspire you either. It’s easy to see why Gordon may at times be nervous with some of the passes he receives.

In truth, however, his distribution isn’t of the standard Celtic need. The club need to go out and invest in a quality goalkeeper to replace him at some stage. Whether that’s now or at the end of the season, it must be inevitable.

Craig Gordon’s stats just aren’t impressive

Looking at the stats would back up this claim too.

Gordon has played 32 matches this season for Celtic. In those, he’s shipped 27 goals. Only 15 of them have been clean sheets, which is less than half.

The Scottish international just hasn’t ever gotten used to this way of playing. His penalty record is also incredibly poor at Parkhead.

Scott Bain has done well as a replacement, but he’s still just a deputy (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Scott Bain is a reliable cover, but that’s all he is too. Whilst he has a fine record at the club over the last year, he isn’t the kind of player you want leading the Hoops into Europe. Bain, however, is the kind of back-up you want around for life.

For Gordon, however, he deserves to continue playing, just not at Parkhead.

It doesn’t look like Rodgers is in the market for a goalkeeper anyway. None have been linked with a move to Celtic, with other positions more of a priority.

In the long-term, however, this is an issue that Celtic will need to address.