Craig Gordon has confirmed his Celtic departure.
The keeper’s contract expired at the end of May but at the age of 37 he has decided to go for first team football and the chance of regaining his international place ahead of extending his Celtic stay.
Gordon joined Celtic in the summer of 2014, instantly providing a quality replacement for Fraser Forster who joined Southampton for £12m.
In his first season behind Virgil van Dijk and Jason Denayer he was outstanding, overcoming any doubts after almost three years out of football after being injured at Sunderland.
When Brendan Rodgers replaced Ronny Deila he brought in Dorus de Vries but Gordon won his place back and attracted interest from Chelsea in January 2017.
Gordon remained Celtic’s first choice until January 2019 when Scott Bain took over following the winter break.
It looked like Gordon was back in favour when Bain was injured against Cluj last August but once Fraser Forster was signed on loan Gordon’s days were numbered.
With Gordon now out of the equation the importance of resigning Forster has been intensified.
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6 League Titles. 5 League Cups. 3 Scottish Cups. The last six years have been the most successful period of my professional career, and I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in making this possible. The club, for initially taking a chance on someone who hadn’t played in nearly three years. And to Woodsy for encouraging me to make the move in the first place, and for training me ridiculously hard ever since. I’ve had the pleasure of playing alongside some brilliant team-mates – who without, my time at the club would have been very different. The fans, for their support. Home, away… all over the world. Thank you. My family, who have been there through it all. The ups and downs, the miles, the sacrifices, the celebrations. I hope I’ve made them proud. At 37, and with a few years in me yet, I just want to play the game I love, and have played for 20+ professional seasons. Football can make for difficult decisions, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter and challenge. Thank you, again. CG.