Exclusive: McNamara suggests senior Celtic player may push for late exit after Lennon admission

Jackie McNamara suggests that Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon may push to leave Parkhead to boost his playing time ahead of Scotland’s Euro 2020 playoffs.

The former Hoops defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that he understands the 37-year-old wanting to feature regularly as he heads into the latter stages of his career.

Speaking after the Bhoys’ win over St Johnstone, Lennon confirmed he does not want to let the senior keeper depart Parkhead this month despite acknowledging his desire for game time.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Hearts are trying to take the veteran keeper back to Tynecastle before Friday’s transfer deadline, manager Daniel Stendel keen to add experience to his squad.

McNamara says the former Sunderland man is clearly behind Fraser Forster in the pecking order and he might be looking to move on before the window slams shut.

Asked if he thought Gordon could be pushing to leave to boost his international hopes, McNamara told Football Insider: “Yeah, possibly, there could be that side of it. He’s been good when he’s played.

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“He picked up an injury, he was number one, picked up an injury and Neil’s brought Fraser Forster in who’s been excellent.

“It’s a position where they don’t really chop and change, I know he’s played in cup games and stuff but I can understand him wanting to play and wanting to get back into that.

“Neil’s priority is obviously to win leagues and trophies and now they obviously see him as second choice behind Fraser Forster.” 

Gordon has played just six times across all competitions for the Bhoys this season, not one of those outings coming in the Scottish top flight.

As well as Forster and Gordon, Lennon also has Scott Bain at his disposal between the sticks.

In other Celtic news, it can be REVEALED that the club have slapped a £12m price tag on player as English giants work on signing him by Friday.