Exclusive: McNamara suggests future of senior Celtic player on backburner despite uncertainty

Jackie McNamara suggested the future of Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon had been put on the backburner.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Laura O’Leary, the former Parkhead hero revealed no decision could really be made on Gordon until the club knew if Forster would return next season.

Gordon’s contract is due to expire at the end of the season so the 36-year-old currently has an uncertain future at the Hoops.

McNamara admitted Celtic could end up with both Forster and Gordon at the club next season but pointed out, sorting out the Englishman’s future would be the priority.

When asked if Celtic would need to sign a keeper to replace Forster if they can’t hold on to him, McNamara told Football Insider: “Well Bain signed a new contract and Gordon’s contract is up at the end of the season, so obviously we need to see what happens with him.

“But I think with Craig, the priority will be seeing what’s possible and what’s happening with Forster if there’s a chance of getting him next season.

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“I don’t know (if Gordon’s future completely relies on Forster’s), he was on the bench against Rangers, obviously him being injured pushed Celtic to bring Forster.”

Forster is currently on loan with the Hoops from Premier League outfit Southampton and Football Insider previously reported the club were unlikely to sign him permanently due to his £70,000-a-week wage.

The 31-year-old has featured 20 times for Neil Lennon’s side this season, keeping nine clean sheets and conceding only 13 goals in the process.

Whereas Gordon has managed to feature only six times this season so far.

In other Celtic news, Darren Bent guarantees that ‘Brilliant’ Hoops player will seal an exit in January.