Craig Gordon’s future remains at Celtic according to the man himself.
Gordon lost his place in the squad back in January. It was Brendan Rodgers who decided to give Scott Bain a run of games. Ironically, it came perhaps after Gordon’s best display ever in a Celtic jersey at Ibrox. He made several stunning stops to keep the Ibrox side at bay in the 1-0 defeat.
But since then, he hasn’t tasted regular football whatsoever. But he proved to supporters that he can be relied upon during the 2-0 win in Nomme Kalju. Gordon looked solid enough in Estonia, and made one or two decent stops to keep Celtic on track for four wins out of four.
The overwhelming concern over Gordon would be whether he’ll want to stay as a number two. But speaking in the Scottish Sun, the Celtic back-up man confirmed the challenge of winning back his place is one he’s up for.
“No (not considering his future), because there are so many games at the club to try and get back in the team. I feel in good shape and ready to play. I feel that I can put that pressure on the manager.
“If he chooses Scott then I’ll get behind that decision and we try and do the best we can as a team. You never know what can happen in football. Signings happen all the time right up until deadline day.
“But I just want to play here as much as I possibly can, until I’m told I’m no longer needed. But I’m ready for the challenge. I’m ready to give everything I’ve got to play but so will Scott.”
Craig Gordon’s future can still be as a Celtic regular
Gordon is right to eye winning his place back in the Celtic squad. Whilst Scott Bain is younger and has better distribution, Gordon remains the better shot-stopper and has the credentials to win his spot back.
It’s a positive to see that the former Hearts and Sunderland man is prepared to battle it out too. For someone with Gordon’s CV, it would be easy to be arrogant and take the idea of challenging Bain as an insult. But Gordon seems to know his place at the moment, and is clearly up for the challenge ahead.
It really isn’t impossible for Gordon to win his place back. All he can do is continuously do a job when thrown in, as well as proving his consistency in training. It won’t be an easy job, but it’s one the Celtic man will fancy.
What it also does is keep Bain well on his toes. Having a goalkeeper with the quality and pedigree of Craig Gordon behind him will surely only boost his performance levels. Bain can learn so much from training with Gordon on a daily basis, and the pair clearly back each other too.
Gordon’s support for Bain is a great touch. It proves there’s a good bond between the two, and if anything, the rivalry for the jersey is certainly a friendly one.
We’ll definitely see both goalkeepers regularly this season. It may be Bain’s jersey at the moment, but he’ll have to keep performing at a high level to keep Gordon at bay.