The BBC have claimed that Huddersfield Town were interested in Celtic’s Craig Gordon, but they’ve stated that Celtic will now no longer be selling him.
The report has stated that Hearts’ move for Gordon is also unlikely due to the Hoops’ stance. It’s an updated report from a previous version that originally stated that talks between Celtic and Hearts had carried over into deadline day.
It means that Gordon will have to stay at Parkhead for the final six months of his contract. His deal expires in the summer, and after reports of him pleading to leave this month (Scottish Sun), it looks as though he’ll be gone in the summer too.
Gordon has only made six appearances for Celtic this season (Transfermarkt). He originally lost his number one spot to Scott Bain last season. However, after a poor start to the season from the former Dundee man, he looked like winning it back.
That was until Fraser Forster arrived and claimed the jersey for himself. It’s rooted Gordon to the bench for the vast majority of the season, and it’s clear he would rather be playing.
Brilliant for Celtic, not ideal for Gordon
This couldn’t have worked out better for Celtic. We get to keep a top-quality goalkeeper – a treble-treble winning one in fact, until the end of the campaign.
If Celtic brought in a new number two, there would’ve been some uncertainty about whether he was reliable enough to deputise for Forster. With Gordon there, we don’t have those same concerns.
For the player himself, he will likely largely been frustrated by this development. He clearly doesn’t fancy being a back-up, and it possibly throws his Euro 2020 place into doubt should Scotland qualify.
Gordon’s only chance of breaking into the starting XI you imagine would’ve been to play regularly for another club. Sitting on our bench won’t do him any favours, so it looks like he’ll definitely be away in the summer.
But it’ll be interesting to see who Lennon chooses as his number two whenever Bain returns from injury. Bain has a long-term future at the club whilst Gordon effectively doesn’t.
In any case, this is a departure that doesn’t look like happening. And for Celtic, that’s a positive.