Celtic manager Neil Lennon has explained why he did not let goalkeeper Craig Gordon leave the club during last month’s transfer window, The Daily Record report.
Outlets such as The Scottish Sun reported in the final few days of the transfer window that Gordon had pleaded with the Scottish champions to let him leave and join his old club Hearts, fearing he could miss out on Euro 2020.
The Scotland veteran has been left sitting on the bench for the vast majority of the season due to the arrival of Fraser Forster, making just six appearances.
Now that Scott Bain has returned from injury he wasn’t even included in today’s match squad for the trip to Hamilton Accies.
Lennon admitted he has sympathy on a human level for the player but insists he had to be kept to ensure there’s appropriate cover between the sticks.
As quoted by The Daily Record, the manager said: “It was an awkward decision for us – from the club’s point of view we don’t want to let him go but from a human side I can totally understand where he’s coming from at the minute.
“The club’s stance is we want him here.
“It’s hard for a keeper, it’s an individual position, I understand where he’s coming from. But he’s training great and he looks great, though Fraser is our No.1.”
Likely on his way soon anyway
With just a few months to go until his contract expires, Gordon seems destined to be heading out the door at Celtic Park regardless of Lennon’s decision to keep him last week.
Reported to earn around £20,000-a-week (Scottish Sun), it’s unlikely we’ll be keep such a high earner on the books when he is currently behind Forster and Bain in the squad.
Even if we don’t manage to land Forster on a permanent basis, it would be prudent to look for a goalkeeper who can contribute for years to come rather than a 37-year-old in the twilight stage of a long, successful career.
He’s been a fantastic signing for Celtic but with the relationship coming to an end, he’s unlikely to spend many more minutes on the pitch for the Hoops, if any at all.