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Coach expects ‘a lot of competition’ for ‘top’ player Celtic’s Neil Lennon is reportedly eager to keep

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Coach expects ‘a lot of competition’ for ‘top’ player Celtic’s Neil Lennon is reportedly eager to keep

With Celtic out-of-contract goalkeeper Craig Gordon being linked with a switch to St Mirren, Craig Samson hopes the Paisley club can pull off the ambitious move (Scottish Sun).

However, Jim Goodwin’s former teammate expects a “lot of competition” for the Hoops stopper’s services.

According to the Scottish Sun, Celtic boss Neil Lennon wants the 37-year-old to remain part of his squad for next season.

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The report claims that the offer on the table for Gordon is on much-reduced wages to the figure he’s been on for the past six years at Celtic.

At the same time, St Mirren are also reportedly trying to sign the Scotland international, the Buddies having just lost Vaclav Hladky on a free transfer.

The outlet claims manager Goodwin has made a strong pitch to lure Gordon to Paisley, with the promise of guaranteed first-team Scottish Premiership football.

 

“Craig Gordon is a top keeper,” Samson, goalkeeping coach at Rochdale, told the Scottish Sun.

“You can’t dispute how good he has been for club and country over a lot of years… it would be a massive coup for St Mirren if they could pull off this deal.

“But I know they won’t be the only team trying to get Craig this summer. They will face a lot of competition, and it’s not done and dusted that he’ll be a St Mirren player.”

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While Gordon hasn’t had much of a look-in recently at Celtic, the Hoops currently have just one senior keeper on their books – Scott Bain.

If the Bhoys can bring Fraser Forster back then it wouldn’t be too much of an issue, but in the meantime it makes sense to want to keep Gordon.

That said, given Gordon is seemingly after first-team football, that is likely to count against Celtic, and they might find it difficult if, as Samson says, there’s a lot of competition for his services.

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