Exclusive: Celtic on verge of big player blow after talks reveal - McNamara claim

Jackie McNamara has claimed it would be a major blow for Celtic if goalkeeper Craig Gordon left at the end of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Parkhead hero pointed out how damaging it could be to lose the triple treble hero.

The 36-year-old keeper has been with the Hoops since 2014 but his current contract is due to expire at the end of the season.

Gordon has fallen behind Fraser Forster in the pecking order at the club and he openly admitted that he wanted more game time and shared that the wasn’t in talks over a new deal.

McNamara suggested that Gordon’s future was on a knife-edge as it all depended on what happens with Forster in the summer.

When asked if it will be a big blow if Gordon leaves Celtic due to his invaluable experience, McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, he has been a good signing and a good player for them over the years.

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“It’s unfortunate that Celtic have several good keepers there, so it’s about waiting for an injury or loss of form to get in.

“I think it (Gordon’s future) depends on whether Forster goes back to Southampton as he’ll want to know what his chances of playing are, as he’s gone from being a regular to being a No.2”

Forster is currently on loan at the Hoops from Southampton so is due to return to the Premier League club at the end of the season.

Hoops boss Neil Lennon recently revealed that he’d love to keep the 31-year-old Englishman at the club but admitted there were hurdles to a potential deal.

In other Celtic news, Paul Robinson predicted that a Hoops player will be in demand in January with a ‘Cheap’ move on the cards.