The BBC have reported that Hearts are still in talks with Celtic to sign Craig Gordon, despite Daniel Stendel playing it down yesterday.
The speculation over Gordon’s future started when the Scottish Sun reported on Wednesday that the experienced shot-stopper was “pleading” with Celtic to let him go to Tynecastle. The Daily Record then followed that up with a report of their own claiming that Celtic had rejected an approach from Hearts.
However, the BBC’s latest report claims that those talks have now carried over to deadline day. Stendel stated yesterday that Hearts had been “linked with a lot of players” when asked about Gordon (BBC).
The fresh report states that the deal is being made complicated due to the fact that we don’t want him to leave without a replacement tied up. Celtic would only have Fraser Forster and Scott Bain as their senior goalkeepers should Gordon depart.
Lack of reports on a fresh goalkeeper is a concern for Hearts
Celtic have other priorities today as opposed to finding a new goalkeeper so Gordon can leave. We could do with both a centre-back and right-winger before the close of play at midnight.
However, one major problem for Hearts is that we haven’t even been linked with another shot-stopper. A deal for one doesn’t appear close, and if Celtic continue to hold the stance we currently have, then it’s goodnight with regards to Gordon’s move.
In an ideal world we would say yes to this agreement. Gordon has made over 240 appearances for the club and has been a brilliant servant in both domestic and European competition (Transfermarkt). He’s been at Celtic for over five years now – it’s easy to forget the service he’s given to the club.
He deserves to go into the closing stages of his career as a first-team regular. Unfortunately, however, the club always comes first, and we can’t afford to let him go without a decent replacement being brought in.
And Celtic won’t exactly be chasing one down relentlessly. Gordon’s contract being up in the summer allows us the safety net of looking ahead to the summer for a new shot-stopper.
It feels as though this is a deal that just won’t be forced through. However, as talks apparently continue, you just never know on deadline day.