Hearts manager Daniel Stendel has commented on reported interest in Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon for the first time.

The Scottish Sun reported yesterday that Gordon was begging to leave the club for Hearts. Later that day, the Daily Record then revealed that Celtic had booted out an approach from the Tynecastle club, saying that Gordon wasn’t for sale.

Gordon is Celtic’s back-up goalkeeper at the moment, and has made six appearances this season (Transfermarkt). However, since Fraser Forster’s arrival in late August, Gordon has only been given two outings.

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Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon (Callum Landells/Getty Images)

For the first time today, Hearts boss Stendel finally touched on the speculation to the BBC. Whilst he failed to confirm any approach, he certainly wasn’t keen on ruling it out either.

“I think he’s a really good goalkeeper and an important player with a history with Hearts. But he’s playing for Celtic and has a contract with them. We have [been linked with] a lot of names.

“When you say available, but he has a contract, no?

 

Hearts won’t get Gordon for nothing

There’s been no reported fee for how much Hearts are willing to pay for Gordon. However, there’s also been nothing put forward regarding our own valuation for the player either.

Neil Lennon also touched on whether he would be open to Gordon leaving. The Hoops boss stated that even though Gordon wants to go out and play games, he didn’t want to lose him (BBC).

It’s no surprise to see Lennon speak about him wanting to leave. He’s a goalkeeper that’s motivated by game-time. With the Scotland number one jersey also up for grabs, you can see why he would want to be constantly impressing international boss Steve Clarke ahead of the Euros in the summer.

Craig Gordon (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It would hardly be surprising to see Hearts go back in for the Scotland international, however. Stendel could very easily have wiped away the idea that Hearts wanted him. Instead, he was happy to entertain the question and touch on his Hearts history.

It’s only surprising that nobody else has come in for him. With a goalkeeper of his stature you would expect there to be a queue the length of Sauchiehall Street for Gordon.

This one remains up in the air, and it looks like it’s going to carry over onto deadline day.

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