Paul Robinson has claimed Craig Gordon does “not like” Neil Lennon after slipping to number three in the Celtic pecking order this season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England goalkeeper hailed the 36-year-old as an “outstanding” performer who has been “excellent” for the club in recent years.
But Robinson suggested Gordon will have to look for a new club to prolong his career after being usurped not only by Scott Bain but recent loan signing Fraser Forster.
“Take Craig Gordon out the team, he doesn’t like the manager now, he’s not going to, so it can be very, very difficult for a third choice goalkeeper to break into the team, given what’s ahead of him,” Robinson told Football Insider.
“He’s got two very, very good, old, experienced goalkeepers so for him to break through you’ll probably need injury or suspension or look elsewhere to get game time.”
Bain replaced Gordon as the Celtic first choice in the middle of last season but he suffered a dislocated finger earlier in the campaign, ruling him out for months.
Lennon opted not to put his faith in Gordon and instead sign Forster on a season-long loan from Southampton.
It means Gordon is back on the bench and effectively the club’s third-choice keeper.
“He’s been excellent for Celtic for the last couple of years, I think he’s been outstanding,” Robinson added. “I don’t know if it’s harsh he has been dropped, that’s a managers’ personal preference.
“I have not seen enough of his performances this year to comment on whether he should be dropped or not but the way that Craig Gordon’s suffered injuries and was able then to come back at a level at Celtic – because he was frozen out for a while and was brought out the wilderness by Celtic – for him to reinvent himself at his age was an outstanding achievement.”