John Hartson has made a suggestion about who should start in goals for Celtic against Valencia in the Europa League.
Hartson believes that Craig Gordon should replace Scott Bain in the team.
Writing in his column in the Evening Times, Hartson stated: “I would lean towards big Craig Gordon, simply because I believe his experience gives him the edge for a game of this magnitude.”
Hartson’s statement is certainly bold. His suggestion would almost certainly lead to a Celtic defeat against the Spanish side.
Bain has recorded six clean sheets in a row for the Hoops since replacing Gordon in the side. What sort of message would that send to him if he was replaced in the team?
The Hoops defence looks far more settled and confident with Bain in the team. For a start, he seems comfortable with the ball at his feet, unlike Gordon.
It should also be remembered that Gordon has already turned in poor performances in Europe this season. Most notably, his mistake which lead to Frederik Gulbrandsen’s goal in the 2-1 loss to Salzburg.
The game is going to be hard enough as it is for the Hoops without chopping and changing the team at the back.
Therefore, Brendan Rodgers must keep faith with the man currently in possession of the goalkeepers’ gloves. Perhaps Gordon will win his place back in the Hoops first team eventually. The game against Valencia isn’t that match though, no matter what John Hartson believes.
Gordon hasn’t done enough to be thrown back into the team, and there could be dire consequences for the Hoops if he is selected.