Neil Lennon may be regretting making some comments on Craig Gordon in late September.
Prior to the Betfred Cup quarter-final against Partick Thistle the Northern Irishman declared that Gordon would return to the first-team, with Fraser Forster sitting out. Lennon then also stated that there was “a good chance” of the former Scotland keeper continuing in later rounds.
“Craig Gordon will play tomorrow,” he told the official Celtic YouTube channel. (24/09/2019, 6 mins)
“It’s important he gets games and we keep him motivated. He deserves to play.
“You never say ‘right you’re playing in the next round’ but there might be a good chance that he (Gordon) gets that opportunity again should we progress.”
Lennon must put the team before Gordon
While Lennon’s comments didn’t attract too much criticism at the time, some may now feel that Forster should play at Hampden against Hibernian. The Englishman has already proven himself to be a better goalkeeper than either Gordon or Scott Bain and surely we want our best players all to play in such an important match.
It doesn’t look like Lennon is going to drop Scott Brown or James Forrest for the fixture, so why would he do likewise with our goalkeeper?
Gordon doesn’t look to have a great future at the club given Bain’s new contract so keeping him happy shouldn’t be on Lennon’s mind either.
Put it this way, if we want to give ourselves the best chance of making the final then surely we have to play our best players. If that means that Forster is a little more jaded for Lazio then so be it.
Domestic football will always be the bread and butter for Celtic. Chopping and changing is allowed in earlier rounds against weaker opposition. Not at Hampden against Hibs.