Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has confirmed he will be looking to leave the club in January in order to get more regular first-team football.
The 36-year-old has not played a single minute in the league this season and has been restricted to six appearances in European and cup competitions. He says he needs to be playing as he nears the end of his career:
“I want to play games and not playing is going to hurt a bit. I’m getting towards the latter stages of my career so every chance I get is a chance to take. You never know what’s going to happen as it’s the last year of my contract so January is going to be a big month.”
“I’ve not had any talks with anyone at Celtic. I’m not had any offers or any talks whatsoever. There are a few people in similar situations as it’s been a busy time regarding contracts at the club with players getting fixed up. But I don’t think at any stage of my career, I’ve ever been happy sitting on the bench.”
“I want to play as many games as I can. It’s unfortunate this season for one reason or another it’s not happened. I don’t know Celtic’s position but I want to play games. If that’s not here then I have to look at my options and see what comes in January.”
Gordon will not be able to displace Fraser Forster who has been in scintillating form since his arrival on loan from Southampton in the summer.
Scott Bain has also signed a new contract recently, keeping him at the club until 2023, but Gordon has not been handed a new deal despite it expiring at the end of the season. With the writing appearing to be on the wall, the veteran is keen to move on.
During his time with the Hoops, the keeper has won five league titles, four Scottish Cups and four League Cups, making a total of 242 appearances during his five and a half years at Parkhead.