By Paul Robinson

22nd Dec, 2019 | 4:03pm

'Sign him straight away' - Robinson urges Celtic to seal int'l contract deal after player reveal

Paul Robinson has urged Celtic to tie goalkeeper Craig Gordon to a new contract after he revealed there had been no talks over staying past the end of the season.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Spurs and England keeper says that the Scottish international is an excellent option to have as either a first-choice or backup between the sticks.

Gordon revealed earlier in December that he had “not had any contact from Celtic” over extending his stay at Parkhead with his current deal running out in the summer of 2020.

However, Robinson says the Bhoys should be looking at doing a deal as soon as possible, insisting the 6ft 4in giant could still do a job as a number one after playing second-fiddle this season.

“I think they should sign him straight away,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“If he’s willing to play a number two, stroke number one role, someone of his quality, age,  experience, it’s an ideal number two.

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“It’s a completely different role as a number one. It’s one you have to get used to, I did it later in my career at Burnley, you accept your role and you have to get your head round a completely different role.

“If Craig Gordon is willing to do that, I would 100 per cent give him that new contract tomorrow.” 

Gordon has only played six times across all competitions this season, with not one of his appearances coming in the Premiership.

Instead, Neil Lennon has preferred to play summer loan signing Fraser Forster between the sticks, the 31-year-old with 23 outings during his second spell at Parkhead.

In other Celtic news, Darren Bent suggests that one Hoops star is conflicted over his future at the club.