Should he stay or should he go?

Craig Gordon. A bid of some sort confirmed as rejected – belived to be in the region of £3 million. After discussing with fellow fans it’s hard to argue with any point for and against. Here’s how I see it.

Craig is a very good goalkeeper. He’s had a fair share of shaky moments but some of his saves have been exceptional. In his first season the sole reason we reached the last 32 of the Europa league was Craig Gordon, of that I have no doubt. Not least forgetting his penalty save in Israel to help book us a place in the Champions League. If he was to go I’d have fond memories and be appreciative of his efforts here.

The fee

Celtic don’t need the money. Three million is a lot of money for a 34 year old keeper that can be replaced. There are goalkeepers out there of equal or better ability that will move for less than that. Maybe not in the crazy English market but that’s gotten so out of hand there’s almost no point shopping in it. I think Chelsea are paying over the odds and it’s a very good offer for what they’d be getting.

Celtic have rejected a reported £3 million for Gordon

The Ramifications

This is where it gets tricky. There’s only a few days of the window left and January is so much more difficult to add quality than the summer window. I’ve no doubt we can get a better and younger keeper in but availability is a big one.
In turn we’d likely resort to playing Dorus De Vries. I don’t think I’m alone when I say that definitely should not happen. Unless we’ve spied a replacement it may prove to bite us in our bid for the treble.

The Player

He’s lost years of his career to injury. The amount of hard work he’s put in over the years with absolutely no guarantee that he’d even have a career, never mind one at the level he’s reached. His situation is extremely rare. He’s not being brought in to knock Courtois off his perch. Purely to provide adequete back up. He’ll double his wages but is the money worth more to him than the years he spent wishing he could play?

What do you think?


One thought on “Should he stay or should he go?

  1. There’s no chance Gordon will want to leave for Chelsea, irrespective of the financial package on offer – his years out of the game have taught him to appreciate what he has right now, playing at a huge club, in front of huge crowds, in an ever-improving side, which looks like racking up trophy after trophy. He got his first crack at the CL this season, we’re building towards hopefully getting there again next season, and the one after, and he’s not about to give that up and uproot his young family again just to go warm the bench in west London.


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