Alan Hutton has claimed Hearts have been “sniffing” around Craig Gordon but claimed he may get a Celtic lifeline amid doubts over their chances of signing Fraser Forster.

The former Rangers and Spurs right-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested the 37-year-old will want to continue playing whether that be in Glasgow or elsewhere.

The goalkeeper is out of contract this summer after six successful years at Parkhead.

Gordon has struggled for game time since Forster‘s arrival on season-long loan from Southampton last August.

However, it is yet unclear whether the Hoops will sign the English shot-stopper on a permanent basis which leaves the door open for Gordon to reclaim the number one spot.

When asked by Football Insider if he expected Gordon to be in Glasgow next season, Hutton said: “It depends where he sees his career at the moment because he is coming to the end. Is he happy being a number two?

“I know Hearts were sniffing around not that long ago. I believe he is fit enough and still willing to do the hard work. He will want to continue playing.

“There may be another chance to get into the Celtic first-team if Forster goes back down south he may be given another year and see how that works. He is not in a bad position at the moment.”

As revealed by Football Insider, the loanee’s value has plummeted from £25million to just £10million as a result of football’s changed economics.

Speculation surrounded Gordon’s future in January with Football Insider revealing Hearts were interested in re-signing their former number one.

The Scotland international rose through the ranks at Hearts before completing a move to Sunderland in July 2007.

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