Danny Mills accused Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon of playing the emotional card with fans by revealing he wants to play regularly.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former England international suggested if Gordon was really desperate to play then he should look elsewhere.
The 36-year-old revealed not playing games hurt a little bit and that with him getting towards the latter years of his career he wants to be playing.
Gordon openly referred to his contract being up in the summer and admitted he just wanted to play football.
Mills shared that Neil Lennon couldn’t just leave Fraser Forster out in order to play Gordon instead in the hope that he stays.
When asked if the writing was on the wall for Gordon as he publicly revealed he wants to be playing more with his contract set to expire in the summer, Mills told Football Insider: “I think it’s down to him, he’s perhaps trying to play the emotional card a little bit, possibly with the fans.
“It doesn’t really work anymore, it’s all about performances, if he is second-choice keeper, he is second-choice keeper, end of.
“Celtic are doing really well so he (Lennon) isn’t going to leave someone out just because he might stay if he was that important he’d be No.1.
“And he’s not and you have to accept it, look what happened to Joe Hart, goalkeepers of that ilk, sometimes you just drop down the pecking order.
“If you’re desperate to play, you’re desperate to play and you have to look elsewhere.
“Keepers are fabulous at being No.2s at times, Mark Schwarzer did it at the end of his career, two Premier League titles back to back, Rob Green did it, Scott Carson, so yeah it happens from time to time.
“You have to accept you’re not No.1, you can’t demand minutes if you’re not the No.1, as you’re a goalkeeper you can’t play anywhere else so you’re fighting for one position.
“So you know I think he may be trying to play the emotional card but I don’t think it works in this day and age.”
The veteran shot-stopper has only played six times across all competitions, keeping three clean sheets while conceding four goals in the process.
Gordon joined the Hoops in July 2014 and has helped them win five league titles in that time.