Former international teammate, Alan Hutton, believes that Craig Gordon’s departure from Celtic could come back to haunt them with so much uncertainty surrounding the number one spot at Parkhead.
Speaking to Football Insider, Hutton feels that the departure of such a reliable servant could have been avoided and would have allowed the club to focus elsewhere in the transfer window.
So what has Hutton said?
When asked if it is a decision that Neil Lennon could regret when the season kicks-off, he said:
“It could be. As we look at it at the moment, they’re struggling for a goalkeeper. They keep talking about Forster, Joe Hart’s popped up, even David Marshall I saw this morning.
“They’ve obviously got options there but at the end of the day, they haven’t actually got anyone in at the moment so Celtic could regret it, I think.
“He’s been a great servant to them and for the offer, by all accounts, that he was handed wasn’t great and from what I can see it was a massive pay cut so I can see why he’s unhappy.
“He’s just bit the bullet and decided to leave, I understand why he’s done it.”
So is Hutton correct?
If the transfer window just had days until it shut, he could have a point, but the fact that it is potentially open until October means that Lennon has plenty of time to source a replacement if the on-off deal for Fraser Forster can’t be made.
That Joe Hart and David Marshall are available as alternatives will do much to ease the nerves, and with over 100 international caps between them, they are the very definition of an experienced pair of hands that would jump at the chance to return to continental football.
Gordon wasn’t first choice anymore having been disposed by Scott Bain and then pushed further down the pecking order by Forster – Bain performed admirably between the sticks before the big Geordie’s arrival and was unlucky to suffer a hand injury that led to Lennon looking for reinforcements in the first place, the problem is lack of depth not quality.
Celtic fans won’t lose too much sleep over Gordon’s departure, however, they will hope that another keeper arrives sooner rather than later ahead of one of the biggest seasons in the club’s history.