By Noel Whelan

1st Feb, 2020 | 7:00pm

Exclusive: Whelan rips into Celtic £20K-a-wk man for not quitting this week

Noel Whelan has suggested that Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon should have left the club this week

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Aberdeen striker claimed that to would have been preferable for the 37-year-old to seek regular game time towards the end of his career, rather than sitting on the bench for the Hoops.

As revealed by Football Insider earlier in the week, the struggling Scottish Premiership side were keen on taking the stopper back to the club where he started his career, but a deal failed to materialise in the closing stages of the window.

And Whelan believes that staying at Parkhead will be a disappointing outcome for the veteran keeper, whose £20,000-a-week deal expires in the summer.

“Personally, I think when you get a certain point in your career and certain age in your career, just going and playing football and seeing it out is probably the best thing to do,” he told Football Insider.

“The game is never going to be around all your life, and it’s about making the most of the game time you’re going to be given when you get to a certain point.

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“He’s probably made the money, he’s had a great career internationally and domestically. I think it would have been a nice thing for him, second half of the season with games, no matter where it’s at.

“I know Hearts are struggling this season – he definitely would have been worked.”

Gordon initially left Hearts to join Sunderland in 2007, before returning to Scotland in 2014 to sign for Celtic.

Since then, he has gone on to make 242 appearances for the club, but has registered just six outings so far this term.

In other Celtic news, Jackie McNamara tips ‘Excellent’ Hoops fringe player for rare start v Hamilton.