By Alan Hutton

30th Jun, 2020 | 4:00pm

Exclusive: Pundit claims Celtic may suffer after big name agrees terms with new club

Celtic could regret letting Craig Gordon leave on a free after his return to Hearts was confirmed, according to Alan Hutton.

The former Rangers and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, suggests that there is plenty of uncertainty surrounding the goalkeeper position at Parkhead right now.

Gordon announced via Instagram that his time at Parkhead had come to an end on Monday, with the veteran shot-stopper confirming his return to Hearts shortly after.

The 37-year-old played second fiddle to Southampton loanee Fraser Forster for the 2019/20 season but there is no deal in place for the giant England international to stay for next term yet.

With third-choice stopper Scott Bain the only senior goalkeeper in place for next season, Hutton believes not offering Gordon the deal he wanted to stay could backfire for Neil Lennon.

Asked if Celtic could regret letting him leave, Hutton told Football Insider: “It could be. As we look at it at the moment, they’re struggling for a goalkeeper. They keep talking about Forster, Joe Hart’s popped up, even David Marshall I saw this morning.

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“They’ve obviously got options there but at the end of the day, they haven’t actually got anyone in at the moment so Celtic could regret it, I think.

“He’s been a great servant to them and for the offer, by all accounts, that he was handed wasn’t great and from what I can see it was a massive pay cut so I can see why he’s unhappy. 

“He’s just bit the bullet and decided to leave, I understand why he’s done it.” 

Gordon played 242 times for Celtic across all competitions, with five Premiership titles, five Scottish League Cups and three Scottish Cups to his name at Parkhead.

He also won one Scottish Cup in his first spell at Hearts, having played 100 times for the Edinburgh-based side.

In other Celtic news, Football Insider have delivered a huge update in the Hoops’ hopes of signing Fraser Forster permanently.

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