Goalkeeper Craig Gordon will not be at Celtic next season after he announced his departure on Instagram earlier this evening.

The long-serving shot-stopper has rejected a contract offer from the club and has thanked his coaches, family and the supporters.

The Scotland international is reported by BBC Sport Scotland to have a number of other deals on the table, including a two-year offer from relegated side Hearts.

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A statement from the veteran said, in part: “The last six years have been the most successful period of my professional career, and I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in making this possible.

“The club, for initially taking a chance on someone who hadn’t played in nearly three years. And to Woodsy for encouraging me to make the move in the first place, and for training me ridiculously hard ever since.

“I’ve had the pleasure of playing alongside some brilliant team-mates – who without, my time at the club would have been very different.

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“The fans, for their support. Home, away… all over the world. Thank you.”

Gordon signed in 2014 at the start of the Ronny Deila reign and went on to make 242 appearances for the club, winning a massive 14 trophies including six league titles.

His legacy at Celtic is secure with the 2016/17 campaign standing out as a particular high point for the team, when Brendan Rodgers and his Bhoys became invincible treble winners.

Craig Gordon celebrates a Celtic goal

Craig Gordon celebrates a Celtic goal / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

In recent seasons his importance lessened and last term Fraser Forster returned to reclaim the number one spot.

The timing of his exit seems about right for all parties and we wish him well wherever he ends up next.

These fans have taken to Twitter this evening to share their thoughts on it all…

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