Hearts are increasingly confident of beating Celtic to the signing of goalkeeper Craig Gordon this summer, Football Insider can reveal.
The Edinburgh club have offered the 37-year-old a two-year deal as well as a potential coaching role in an attempt to lure him to Tynecastle.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Gordon is attracted to the possibility of signing for Hearts even though they will be in the Championship next season.
Neil Lennon blocked that possibility as he did not want to lose top-class keeping cover but the expiry of the Scot’s Celtic contract last month has opened the door to a move.
The Glasgow giants have offered a new deal to Gordon but he went public to reveal he has knocked it back and made clear they will have to considerably improve it to keep him.
Gordon is veering towards moving on from Parkhead as he looks to continue his career at at a team where he can be a regular starter.
His future is now in his own hands and it is a quandary for Lennon, who wants to keep Gordon as top-quality back-up for next season amid doubts over re-signing Fraser Forster.
There is no guarantee a deal can be agreed for the Southampton-owned giant due to his high salary and £10million-plus asking price.
In addition to his 242 appearances for Celtic, Gordon also played 170 times for Hearts before leaving to join Sunderland in 2007 for a then British record fee of £9million for a goalkeeper.
In other Celtic news, it can be revealed the club have landed a £3.3m windfall and another £15m is on the way.
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