Plenty of Celtic supporters would have kept Craig Gordon.
In a season where the starting goalkeeper has been decided by a raffle, Gordon’s shot-stopping and consistency may have helped. That’s an argument plenty will make. Vasilis Barkas arrived for big money [BBC], but has so far failed to calm fears over the loss of Fraser Forster.
Forster, by the way, arrived at Celtic to cover for Craig Gordon. The ex-Scotland goalkeeper was patchy in his last couple of seasons with the Bhoys, but has plenty to say about the club.
Noticing that squads change over time, Gordon said on last night’s BBC Sportscene:
“I think it’s been a gradual thing.
“The team that was invincible under Brendan Rodgers has been eroded away. There are only a few guys left, the guys that are still there have aged four or five years since then and it’s been something that’s been coming.
“I think players needed to have been brought in earlier to realise what the club was all about to then step into the shoes of these (older) players.
“It’s been something that has been coming, I think the more senior guys in there would have probably realised that.
“They were desperate to try and hold on for the 10 and make sure that happened but it really doesn’t look like that’s going to be the case now.”
Former Celtic goalie Craig Gordon states the obvious
In these comments, it’s hard to know what point the former Celtic stopper Craig Gordon is making here. The obvious take-away is that he recognises that squads change over time.
Anyone could have told you that. He’s also right in suggesting that ageing is inevitable. The Nobel Prize in Physiology surely awaits.
It’s easy to be churlish. It’s also fun. There is a salient point that Gordon makes here; perhaps the squad should’ve been strengthened further after the Invincible season. That said, it’s not like Celtic didn’t try. They signed players; this is unequivocally the case.
The Invincible season was incredible, yes. But it’s entirely unrealistic to suggest that the mainstays of that squad were expected to deliver the 10 a number of years after the fact. Simply, that’s not the case, as most of the players from that squad have gone.
So, yes. Craig Gordon is right; time has moved along. We don’t have a squad that compares favourably to the Invincibles, nor would we reasonably expect to have one. That squad was a lightning-in-a-bottle moment, the work of excellent scouting, home-grown talent and incredible bargains.
Undoubtedly an excellent goalkeeper for Celtic, Craig Gordon remains a respected figure. With these comments, though, it’s hard to know what he’s suggesting beyond the very obvious.
Meanwhile, Celtic should steer clear of an outgoing European manager.