Craig Gordon is a man who has been in the news recently. The former Celtic goalkeeper, who left the club at the end of last season, will stand between the Hoops and a fourth consecutive domestic treble when he lines up for Hearts in next month’s Scottish Cup Final.
Gordon still has some fans at Celtic Park. Indeed, he was recently praised by former Hoops skipper Scott Brown.
“He just keeps proving it”
“He was brilliant on Saturday (in the Scottish Cup semi-final against Hibernian), with some saves he made to keep his team in it. He’s a fantastic goalkeeper, everyone knows how good he is, and he just keeps proving it” Brown said, as reported by the Daily Record.
Even though Brown remains a fan of Gordon, and you would expect him to, they enjoyed some big success together at Celtic, the Hoops did the right thing in getting rid of Gordon.
The player was prone to far too many errors, especially in Europe. There was the mistake in the 3-3 draw with Inter in 2015, when he fumbled a cross to let Rodrigo Palacio score into an empty net.
He made an even worse error in 2018 against Salzburg. His throw-out went straight to Frederik Gulbrandsen, whose simple goal led to Celtic’s 2-1 defeat. You can’t just forget about mistakes like that, no matter how successful Gordon had been at Celtic.
Well out of first-team picture
It is fair to say that Gordon was well out of the first-team picture when he departed Celtic. He was third choice behind Fraser Forster and Scott Bain.
As he was going to be out of contract at the end of the season, Celtic offered the player reduced terms on a new contract with the club, which, as reported by BBC Sport, he rejected, as he wanted to play first-team football.
The Hoops’ goalkeepers this season might not have pulled up any trees this season. However, that doesn’t mean that Gordon would have done any better. Both Celtic and Gordon did well for each other, but the time was right to part ways with the player.