Craig Gordon has posted a heartfelt message to Celtic supporters on Instagram as he confirmed that he would not be signing a new deal with the Scottish champions – and numerous Celtic players responded.
Gordon, 37, has been a crucial part of Celtic’s pursuit of 10 in a row, playing a part in six of their nine consecutive Scottish Premiership triumphs since he joined in 2014. He has clocked up 262 appearances for the Hoops.
However, the 54-time Scotland international dropped down the pecking order during 2018-19 with Scott Bain being preferred. Fraser Forster then returned to the club on loan last summer, limiting Gordon to just six games.
Gordon has since spoke of how Celtic have offered him a contract, and was more than open in stating that St. Mirren have offered him a deal. Now, the veteran has confirmed he will be leaving Celtic completely.
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6 League Titles. 5 League Cups. 3 Scottish Cups. The last six years have been the most successful period of my professional career, and I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in making this possible. The club, for initially taking a chance on someone who hadn’t played in nearly three years. And to Woodsy for encouraging me to make the move in the first place, and for training me ridiculously hard ever since. I’ve had the pleasure of playing alongside some brilliant team-mates – who without, my time at the club would have been very different. The fans, for their support. Home, away… all over the world. Thank you. My family, who have been there through it all. The ups and downs, the miles, the sacrifices, the celebrations. I hope I’ve made them proud. At 37, and with a few years in me yet, I just want to play the game I love, and have played for 20+ professional seasons. Football can make for difficult decisions, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter and challenge. Thank you, again. CG.
Certainly worthy of iconic status at Celtic, Gordon leaves a season before Celtic embark on their 10-in-a-row campaign. It remains to be seen if Forster remains at Parkhead for next season, or returns to Southampton.
Plenty of Celtic players – past and present – responded to Gordon’s post. Mikael Lustig sent a touching message, while Erik Sviatchenko described Gordon as a “legend”. Scott Brown, Mikey Johnston and Patrick Roberts also responded.