When it came to Celtic departures this month, Craig Gordon’s seemed almost like a certainty.
Granted, there’s still time yet. So much can happen when there is still a week of the transfer window to go. However, the fact we’re now into January 24th and there’s been minimal interest in Gordon is almost a bad joke.
We’re talking about Celtic’s number one throughout the majority of the treble-treble run. A goalkeeper who has played for us in the Champions League and has featured against the likes of Barcelona, Manchester City, and PSG just to name a few.
A shot-stopper who has played 87 games in the English Premier League and over 240 for Celtic in his career (Transfermarkt).
Gordon predicted it would be a “big month” for himself with regards to his future, and stated that there had been no talks with Celtic about extending his contract (BBC). This was before the window even opened.
Clubs should be swirling
You would think after those comments from Gordon that many clubs would’ve been rubbing their hands. What an opportunity to get an experienced goalkeeper in for a much lower price than he’s worth.
Sure, Celtic would still command a fee of some sort for his services. He’s into the final six months of his contract after all. But considering everything the goalkeeper has done for us and vice versa, you would expect an agreement to be reached.
It’s not as if there have been some rumours swirling around either. There’s been next to nothing. You would think Craig was tied to Celtic for five years and we’d issued a hands-off warning.
You can’t say he’s past it either. Gordon has featured six times for Celtic this season (Transfermarkt). The latest of those came in Cluj last month. He made some fine stops to deny the likes of Billel Omrani and Ciprian Deac. His reactions are still there.
In fairness, it’s our gain if we manage to keep Gordon between now and the end of the season. What a boost it is to have such an experienced and trophy-laden veteran at the club as a reserve shot-stopper. As well as having Scott Bain in there behind Fraser Forster, Celtic are flying in that department.
As mentioned before, there’s still plenty of time left. Plenty of deals tend to happen in the closing stages of a transfer window, so it won’t be until it slams shut that we’ll be safe. But clubs have had a long time to come to Celtic with an offer. The fact that there have been no reports of anyone doing so for Gordon is staggering.