By Noel Whelan

31st Mar, 2020 | 12:35pm

Celtic triple treble winner tipped for new contract & U23s role - pundit Exclusive

Noel Whelan has tipped Craig Gordon to sign a new contract that includes a part-time role coaching the Under-23s.

The former SPL and Aberdeen forward, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested a player-coach role may be the next logical step for the 37-year-old.

Triple treble winner Gordon is out-of-contract this summer after six successful seasons at Parkhead.

The return of Forster, 32, to Glasgow has seen the former Sunderland keeper limited to just 6 appearances this season.

Whelan urged the Scotland international, given his age, to consider a player-coach role next.

“Craig Gordon might want to finish his career of playing regularly,” he told Football Insider.

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“As much as you get to a certain point where you like being at a club. When you know you are not first-choice sitting on the bench is not enough. He will want to finish his career playing.

“The other option is him being a Celtic in a coaching capacity. It is something you have got to look at. He could sign a new contract – coaching with the 23s – still as a player but not a regular. One that is turned to if and when you need him.

“Craig has done so much in the game and he needs to assess what he wants from the next three or four years. I think coaching would be absolutely brilliant. He will be thinking about it.”

Gordon’s playing career was threatened by an anterior cruciate ligament injury whilst at Sunderland in 2011.

During a two year hiatus, the goalkeeper began coaching on a casual basis for Dumbarton before making a playing return for The Hoops in 2014.

In other Celtic news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider it would be ‘Christmas all at once’ if Premier League winger completes summer move.