By Pete O'Rourke

28th Jan, 2020 | 5:36pm

Exclusive: SPL club plotting shock raid for Celtic £20K-a-wk star, Lennon may let him go

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon is a shock target for former club Hearts ahead of Friday’s transfer cut-off, Football Insider understands.

The 37-year-old has been considering his future at Parkhead after plummeting to third in the club’s pecking order behind injured Scott Bain and on-loan Fraser Forster, who is now firmly established as the first choice.

A Celtic source has told Football Insider that Hearts boss Daniel Stendel is keen to bolster his goalkeeping department this week and has set his sights on Gordon.

The Edinburgh-based club are currently bottom of the Scottish Premiership table and Stendel believes Gordon’s experience can help guide them to safety.

The former Scotland international has made just six appearances for Celtic this season and is keen to be playing regular football this stage of his career.

He has entered the final six months of his £20,000-a-week contract and is unlikely to get a new deal.

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The Scottish champions could be willing to let him move on before Friday night’s transfer deadline.

However, Celtic are reluctant to let Gordon leave without bringing in a replacement as they don’t want to leave themselves short in case anything happens to Forster.

Joel Pereira is the current No.1 goalkeeper at Hearts after arriving on a season-long loan deal from Manchester United last summer.

Gordon started his career at Tynecastle and made over 170 appearances for the club before leaving to join Sunderland in 2007 for a then British record fee of £9million for a goalkeeper.

He has made 242 appearances in his five years at Parkhead and was the first choice in goal for much of Brendan Rodgers’ three seasons at the helm.

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 next week.