Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has achieved a lot at the club since joining in the summer of 2014.

He arrived from near-retirement after a terrible spate of injuries threatened his career.

The ‘keeper quickly established himself as Celtic’s number one, holding that status until midway through last season.

Winning five league titles as well as multiple cups, Gordon has enjoyed enormous success.

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He’s played for Celtic more than any of his former clubs, including boyhood side Hearts.

Now 36 and struggling to displace Scott Bain though, it seems he’s at a crossroads in his career once again. Decisions need to be made on his future.

From Celtic’s perspective, the club must consider trying to arrange his departure this summer – for two good reasons.

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Bain is a clean sheet colosssus

As it stands, dropping Bain for Gordon seems unfathomable. Evidence shows that the Celtic defence is far more stable with the 27-year-old installed than the veteran.

Taking just domestic action into account last term Gordon made 18 appearances in the Scottish Premiership, conceding 14 goals and keeping nine clean sheets.

Bain in comparison played 29 domestic matches, conceding just eight goals and keeping a mammoth 22 clean sheets.

 

Although there are multiple factors in determining why teams keep clean sheets, the difference is stark and shows that Gordon is unlikely to win his place back in the team any time soon.

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One year left on a lucrative contract

If Gordon was an up and coming goalkeeper with potential then having him around to deputise for Bain would be an absolute no-brainer. The 54-cap Scotland international is after all excellent between the sticks.

Back in 2017 he was considered to still hold enough quality to be pursued by English Premier League side Chelsea, with Rodgers confirming that a bid had been made. The Hoops rebuffed the advances.

The Scottish Sun subsequently reported he would be rewarded with a ‘bumper’ contract. That was ultimately signed in March of that year until the summer of 2020.

The reality is he’s earning senior status wages. It doesn’t make financial sense to have him sitting on the bench.

As much of a servant as Gordon has been, those resources could be put to better use elsewhere in the squad.

Multiple positions need strengthened and Celtic can’t afford to have an ageing, injury prone player contributing little other than squad depth.

The goalkeeper doesn’t appear to be considering retirement any time soon and could likely find a fulfilling challenge elsewhere, somewhere he is valued more and can make a difference.

That kind of contribution is unlikely to come at Celtic Park.

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