With Craig Gordon now aged 35, here are three replacement Celtic should consider for the Scottish veteran.
The Bhoys decision to sign Gordon in 2014 was undoubtedly a smart move. The Scotland goalkeeper’s injury problems kept him out of the game for the best part of two years after he was released from Sunderland in 2012.
Working as a coach for Dumbarton and training occasionally with Glasgow Rangers, the free agent was eventually signed up ahead of Celtic’s 2014/2015 season and has since gone on to make nearly 200 appearances for the club, winning seven trophies in the process.
Aged 35, the goalkeeper has just few years ahead of him, however, with an history of injuries, there is never a guarantee over Gordon’s fitness.
On top of this, Gordon’s several costly mistakes for Celtic in the Champions League may have led to some fans questioning whether he is still right man to remain between the sticks for the club which has raised great criticism from former Celtic player turned pundit Chris Sutton on many an occasion.
Football Weeks has highlight three potential goalkeeper that Celtic could consider as a replacement for the ageing Scotland international.
Last time Celtic took a chance on a young English goalkeeper who hasn’t yet register an appearance for his parent club, it really worth the move they took. Fraser Forster’s arrival from Newcastle United saw him grow from a relatively unknown youngster to entering the book of England international, so I see no reason why they should not try and make a move this time.
Sam Johnstone, 24, is currently plying his trade on loan with Championship side Aston Villa from Manchester United, Johnstone is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Manchester giants. However, he has nailed over 130 appearances in the Championship and League One for six different teams.
Celtic could look to hijack the move for the England youth international, who surely has no future at United, offering him the opportunities to win trophies and a regular playing in European competitions.
David Marshall first made the headlines as a Celt, he registered 50 appearances for the Bhoys before moving on to a successful career in England and Wales. Aged 32, the goalkeeper is still in his goalkeeping age and has few years ahead of him.
The ex-Cardiff City Player of the Year is currently at playing between the sticks at Hull City, however, has lost his starting place to compatriot Allan McGregor. Now in search of regular first-team football, Brendan Rodgers could offer the club former youth product a chance to come home and see out his days at the Parkhead where it all began.
Joel Robles has had a torrid career with Everton since moving to Merseyside in 2013, frequently finding himself in and out of favour at the Goodison Park. Robles have made 65 appearances for the Merseyside to date, he has only played twice this season. Jordan Pickford is clearly the club number one between the sticks, Robles will have to hand secure a move elsewhere for adequate game and Celtic should be his number one choice.
He is at a crucial point in his career and is no doubt desperate for first-team football. Having impressed during his runs in the team, keeping out club legend Tim Howard in 2016, his services may be worth enquiring over and he is a realistic and affordable candidate for the Celts.