Craig Gordon is ready to push for a January exit after Celtic handed Scott Bain a new contract this week, Football Insider has learned.
The long-serving Hoops star has plummeted to third in the goalkeeping pecking order behind Scotland number one Bain and on-loan Fraser Forster, who is the current first choice at Parkhead.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider the veteran feels he must leave the club to reignite his career after five trophy-fuelled years in which he was instrumental in the club’s triple treble.
Gordon had a brief spell back in the number one shirt after Bain dislocated a finger but the unexpected arrival of Forster on a season-long loan from Southampton has dramatically altered the picture.
Neil Lennon has been at pains to keep Gordon, 36, on board and has handed him five starts this season, most recently in the 25 September Scottish League Cup quarter-final drubbing of Partick Thistle.
But Bain’s imminent return from injury is almost certain to push the most senior of the club’s three keepers out in the cold.
Celtic announced yesterday that the 27-year-old has signed a new four-year contract that will run until the summer of 2023.
It emphasises the club’s long-term faith in Bain and means he will battle with Forster for the number one shirt in the second half of the season.
This has inevitably led to Gordon questioning his future and whether or not to see out the final six months of his £20,000-a-week contract, which expires next summer.
Gordon has made 237 appearances in his five years at Celtic and was the first choice in goal for much of Brendan Rodgers’ three seasons at the helm.
In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club have agreed the terms of a £5million-plus deal.