Michael Stewart has sympathy for Celtic's Craig Gordon after Fraser Forster signing

By John McGinley

August 25, 2019

BBC Scotland pundit Michael Stewart reckons Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon will be feeling the effects of Fraser Forster’s arrival at the club, writing in his regular Scottish Sun column.

Forster was announced on Thursday as our latest summer signing. He’s here on a season-long loan deal from Southampton.

It’s unlikely he’s going to have made the switch if he didn’t expect some first-team football. That puts serious pressure on Gordon’s status as the number two goalkeeper at the club.

An injury to Scott Bain could have been the veteran’s big chance to shine. However, it now looks like Forster will come into Neil Lennon’s starting eleven.

Writing in his paper column Stewart noted his sympathy for Gordon, also believing it will all have had an adverse effect on the player.

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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, the former Hearts man said: “If Craig can keep his head down and do what he is capable of, it will be hard for Lennon to drop him.

“But I know that’s easier said than done in a situation as complex as this one. Psychologically Craig has to be all over the place right now. The rug has been pulled from under him.

“He will be asking himself whether or not Lennon thinks he is good enough for the job.”

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When will Forster get his chance?

There’s every possibility we see the former England international in a Celtic jersey sooner rather than later.

He was on the bench for Southampton last week against Liverpool so is obviously considered to have the match fitness and sharpness required to be called upon.

Having only arrived on Thursday, today’s match at home to Hearts may have come just a little too soon for him.

However, there’s a case to start him if Lennon really thinks he’ll be number one.

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He can’t play against AIK because he wasn’t registered in time, so the Hearts clash would be the only opportunity to get him into the team before Rangers at Ibrox.

Unless Lennon plans to have Gordon start all three matches, then Forster playing today could be preferable to having him re-debut in such a high pressured derby match.

All eyes on the team selection.