By Alan Hutton

3rd Jun, 2020 | 12:46pm

Exclusive: Celtic may have opened new deal talks amid exit mystery - pundit

Alan Hutton has suggested Celtic are in talks with Craig Gordon over a potential new contract deal amid mystery over his possible exit.

The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes the 37-year-old could retake his place in the starting XI if the Hoops cannot strike a deal for loanee Fraser Forster.

The Hoops confirmed last week that both Jonny Hayes and Jozo Simunovic would be leaving Parkhead at the end of their contracts this summer.

Gordon is also set to become a free agent this summer but there was no update on his future from Parkhead.

Hutton believes the silence may mean the Hoops are in negotiations over a potential deal to keep him on for next season, suggesting that his future could depend on whether Forster stays at the club.

Hutton told Football Insider: “It’s a bit of a strange situation, he’s had to take a back seat since Forster’s come back in and been one of their main players.

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“He’s obviously older now and it’s a decision he’s obviously going to have to make – does he want to go into the coaching side of it or does he want to keep playing? He’s obviously had some bad injuries through his career and missed some time.

“At the end of the day, Forster’s not a given to be signed, they’re going to want a lot of money for him so there’s still an opportunity to play there if the deal for Forster can’t go through. 

“You wonder if there’s something in the pipeline there, you wonder if there are some ongoing talks or they’re thrashing something out to understand the future of the goalkeeping situation.” 

Gordon has played just six times across all competitions this season, with Neil Lennon making Forster his clear first choice between the sticks.

The Scotland star has a total of 242 appearances under his belt for the Bhoys but has been battling Scott Bain for the role of Forster’s understudy this campaign.

In other Celtic news, the Hoops have been tipped to sign an “immense” player from Premier League giants.