Noel Whelan suggests that Celtic goalkeeper will have a number of options to choose from as he weighs up his future at the Glasgow giants.

The former Aberdeen and Livingston striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that the giant shot-stopper has plenty to offer the next generation of footballers should he choose to go into coaching but that it can be difficult to hang up your boots as a player.

As exclusively revealed by Football Insider, the 36-year-old is considering calling time on his career at the end of the season, with his contract at Parkhead coming to an end in 2020.

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However, Whelan says that the 54-cap international will have a lot to think about before making that decision and that there will be opportunities to choose from whichever way he turns.

Whelan told Football Insider: “It only takes a couple of injuries and the player’s back in. You’re not going to move Forster out of the way at the minute, unfortunately, sometimes when you suffer injuries – we know he’s had injuries in his time – it might be the case he feels he’d be best off leaving the Scottish Premiership.

“His options are to retire or to find another club and move on. I don’t know if he’s going to go into a coaching role capacity, there’s all kinds of doors that could be opening for Craig Cordon in different areas of football.

“I would think he’d go into a coaching role, he’s got so much experience, so much he could pass on to go and help a young player but he could look for another club. It’s a difficult decision to retire, I’ve been through that and it’s a horrible moment in your life.

“Maybe he’ll have second thoughts, it’s very difficult to separate yourself from playing football.” 

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Gordon, who stands just short of 6ft 4in, has played 241 times for Celtic during his time in Glasgow, playing a crucial role in the club’s treble-treble winning sides in recent seasons.

He has a total of 437 first-team appearances during his club career, although only five of those outings have come during the 2019/20 campaign.

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