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'A lot of people wrote him off' - Paul Robinson raves over player rejuvenated at Celtic
Paul Robinson has applauded Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon for the way he has rejuvenated his career in Scotland and says he could still do another season as a backup shot-stopper.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England stalwart says that people had written off the 36-year-old after he left Sunderland, a serious injury putting his career on the line.
As revealed by Football Insider, Gordon is considering hanging up his boots at the end of the season, his contract at Parkhead coming to an end in 2020.
Despite having seen both Fraser Forster and Scott Bain jump ahead of Gordon in the pecking order at Celtic, Robinson says the veteran has done incredibly well to come back and that he could offer at least another season of football if he wants to play.
Robinson told Football Insider: “He’s lost his place to Fraser Forster which I think was going to be inevitable with him going up there and signing, they’re not going to pay for his wages and bring a player of that level in without playing him.
“Craig Gordon’s done extremely well to come back because a lot of people wrote him off when he left Sunderland and to rejuvenate his career the way that he has back up at Celtic, he’s done very, very well.
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“Whether he wants to carry on in a number two role or whether he wants to look to move or whether he does actually want to finish – I think somebody of his ability, at some level of fitness that he’s still at now, it’s a different role as a number two goalkeeper.
“If you can get your head round it, there’s no reason he can’t do that for another season or so.”
Gordon has played 241 times for Celtic since returning to his homeland, playing a crucial role in the club’s treble-treble winning seasons.
However, he has found himself behind both Bain and loan signing Forster this season, Lennon bringing his former number one back on a temporary deal from Southampton.