Frank McAvennie applauded Craig Gordon’s decision to leave Celtic in search of first team football as the goalkeeper completed a return to Hearts.

The former Hoops and West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 37-year-old is still a top-quality goalkeeper and tipped him to succeed at Tynecastle.

Gordon turned down a new deal at Parkhead in favour of a return to his boyhood club Hearts, the club at which he began his career.

The former Scotland international put pen to paper on a two-year deal in Edinburgh

Hearts were recently relegated to the Scottish Championship after the Premiership was controversially curtailed earlier this month.

When asked by Football Insider if the goalkeeper was right to turn down Celtic’s contract extension, McAvennie said: “He only did well for Celtic and now he has moved back to his boyhood team, I am happy for him.

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“A good signing for Hearts because he is a quality goalkeeper.

“I do not see the point in sitting on the bench, I do not get it. I would always want to go out on loan because I could not sit on the bench every week.

“I admire him wanting to go and play and if the newspapers are to be believed he would have had to have taken an 80 per cent drop in wages to stay at Celtic!”

Gordon told BBC Scotland: “Playing football for me is the main thing; getting the opportunity to play games.

“I feel as good now as I did five years ago and I just want to get out there and achieve.”

In other Celtic news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider Gers may have been priced out of a move for sought-after striker.

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