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.
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.
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.
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?