The next Celtic boss, be it Neil Lennon or someone else, will have a big decision to make regarding Hoops goalkeeper Craig Gordon.

Gordon, a one-time mainstay in the Hoops side, hasn’t featured at all in recent weeks. He has been replaced on the bench by Dorus de Vries, after losing his first-team place to Scott Bain.

The time could be right for the Hoops to part ways with the player, and the reason for that is the emergence of two young goalkeepers who have thrived whilst on loan away from Celtic Park.

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Emergence of youngsters

Ross Doohan has been one of Ayr United’s star men in their battle to win promotion to the Scottish Premiership.

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He has kept 20 clean sheets in 44 appearances for the Honest Men this season. Meanwhile, at the other end of the Championship, Conor Hazard has impressed for Partick Thistle in their bid to avoid relegation.

Time seems right

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With both of these players set to return to Celtic in the summer, the time seems right for the duo to provide a challenge to Scott Bain.

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De Vries seems certain to leave the Hoops as his contract is set to expire in the summer. Gordon still has a year to run on his. But it would be best for all parties if he and the club came to an arrangement on that.

Perhaps he could cancel his contract with the club. That would give him the chance to move to a new club in the summer. Celtic wouldn’t stand in his way.

Only time will tell on that front. But the time does seem right for Celtic and Gordon to part company in the summer.

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