Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has not given up hope of engineering a late-window transfer to Hearts, Football Insider can reveal.
The 37-year-old’s future at Parkhead is in major doubt with 48 hours of the January window after Football Insider exclusively broke the news yesterday evening that the Edinburgh club were trying to sign him.
A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Gordon has made it clear to the club hierarchy, including manager Neil Lennon, he wants to move permanently to Hearts.
He will plummet to third choice in the keeper pecking order at the Hoops when injured Scott Bain returns to challenge on-loan Fraser Forster, who is now firmly established as the first choice.
Hearts boss Daniel Stendel is convinced Gordon’s experience and calibre can help guide his relegation-threatened team to SPL safety.
Lennon has told the Celtic board he is only willing to let the veteran go if a new keeper is recruited by Friday night.
The manager wants a third senior shot-stopper to provide cover and competition for Forster and Bain.
Gordon has entered the final six months of his £20,000-a-week contract and is not expected to be offered a new deal.
Gordon has hoovered up trophies during his five years at Parkhead and was a key member of the triple treble winners.
In addition to his 242 appearances for Celtic, he also played 170 times for Hearts before leaving to join Sunderland in 2007 for a then British record fee of £9million for a goalkeeper.
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