By Noel Whelan

30th Jun, 2020 | 7:19pm

'You'll never get that feeling again' - Exclusive: Whelan reacts as Celtic big name quits

Noel Whelan supports Craig Gordon’s decision to leave Celtic in search of regular first team football suggesting your career is “too short” to sit on the bench.

The former Leeds United and Aberdeen striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was confident that the 37-year-old would be remembered fondly for his time at Parkhead despite rejecting an offer to stay.

Gordon turned down a new deal with the Hoops in favour of a return to his boyhood club Hearts.

The goalkeeper, capped 54 times by Scotland, signed a two-year deal with the Jambos who were recently relegated to the Scottish First Division after the Premiership was curtailed.

When asked by Football Insider if the shot-stopper had made the right choice, Whelan said: “Gordon will be remembered fondly.

“Anyone that has represented Celtic for a number of years in the manner he has will always have a place in the fans hearts.

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“He still loves the club but he wants to squeeze out every last bit of football that is in him and I do not blame him for that.

“Your career is too short. You have got to enjoy it when it is there because it never comes back. You will never get that feeling again.

“I believe he is doing the right thing trying to prolong his career and get every bit of football left out of his body.”

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.”

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