Alan Hutton believes that Celtic may hand Craig Gordon a new contract after being told the goalkeeper wanted to quit in January.

The former Rangers and Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits that Hoops could find themselves in a sticky situation when it comes to shot-stoppers this summer

The 37-year-old’s current deal comes to an end this summer while Fraser Forster is set to return to Southampton after his season-long loan at Parkhead.

As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, Hearts failed in their attempts to sign the Scottish shot-stopper in January despite the former Sunderland man telling the Bhoys he wanted to leave.

Hutton admits that the goalkeeping situation could pose a problem for the Hoops this summer and suggests handing Gordon a one-year deal would help alleviate their worries.

Hutton told Football Insider: “I heard of him wanting to leave, Hearts were in for him not that long ago. I think he pretty much knew his time was up and he was looking at other options.

“It might be a good thing for him where they might offer him another year just to make sure that they’re covered in the position. They’ve got two goalkeepers there who could be gone. It could be a problem position, goalkeepers.

“It just depends on where he sees his future, does he want to continue playing somewhere else or is he happy staying? If they bring someone in is he going to be happy going to be number two?

“I think he’s still a quality keeper, he’s got a lot of good attributes and he can bring a lot to the game.”

Gordon has just six appearances under his belt this season, not one of those coming in the Premiership.

Forster meanwhile has established himself as Neil Lennon’s first-choice keeper, playing 39 times across all competitions.

In other Celtic news, Hutton has tipped the club to open talks with an “unbelievable” defender.