By Wayne Veysey
Craig Gordon fears he is being pushed out of Celtic as the club close in on the loan signing of Fraser Forster, Football Insider has learned.
The Hoops goalkeeper, 36, is set to start for the club in the Europa League play-off match against AIK at Parkhead tonight after Scott Bain suffered a dislocated figure.
But his return to the first team is destined to be a short term one as Neil Lennon prepares to make him the third-choice keeper behind Bain and Forster.
A source with knowledge of Gordon’s situation has told Football Insider the veteran feels he is no longer wanted by Celtic after five trophy-fuelled years.
This comes after Football Insider revealed in May that the veteran was unhappy at slipping down the pecking order and told friends he was weighing up whether or not to see out the final year of his £20,000-a-week contract.
He subsequently decided to remain at Parkhead but at least until January after deliberating long and hard over his situation over recent months.
But Gordon’s future is now up in the air again as ex-Hoops keeper Forster prepares to join from Southampton on a season-long loan.
His public stance is that he is “unconcerned” at fighting for his place with the new Scotland No1 and a six-times England international but he could be forced to find a new club before the window shuts at the end of the month.
Gordon was the first choice for virtually the entire Brendan Rodgers reign and has been an integral member of the nine-in-a-row league winners as well as the treble treble.
The former Sunderland keeper has made 236 appearances in his five years at Parkhead after reigniting his career following severe knee problems that led to him taking a two-year break from the game.