The Scotland shot-stopper seeks a summer move away from Wearside in order to boost his chances of a starting spot for the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign….
CELTIC are ready to resurrect their interest in Craig Gordon, with the Scotland international’s future on Wearside increasingly precarious.
Time is running out for Gordon to make an impression on Martin O’Neill with just three months left on the 29-year-old’s contract at the Stadium of Light.
SOURCE: Shields Gazette
Craig Gordon is seeking a summer move away from the Stadium of Light following a frustrating season with Sunderland. Gordon has seen the impressive young Belgian Simon Mignolet take his place as the club’s number one choice. With the World Cup qualifying campaign on the horizon for Scotland, Gordon knows he needs to nail down a starting place at club level if he is to be considered their number one.
On loan Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster has had an impressive season for the club but Lennon knows that keeping hold of the Newcastle player for another season could prove difficult. With current Newcastle number two Steve Harper seeking a permanent move away from the club, it has been reported that Newcastle are in search of a new number two. The obvious choice for the Magpies would be to bring Forster back from Celtic, therefore opening up a move for Gordon.
Gordon is one of the Premier League’s most expensive ‘keepers following his £9m move to Sunderland in 2007. Following an impressive start under Roy Keane, the Scot has been unlucky with long-term injuries and has only managed 15 appearances in the past two seasons.
O’Neill has already expressed an interest in keeping the Scotland shot-stopper but knows his chances are slim. Sunderland are the only Premier League club whose first, second and third choice goalkeepers have all seen international football. The Sunderland manager will therefore feel that now might be the right time to cash in on the Scotsman, leaving the likes of Simon Mignolet and Kieren Westwood fighting it out for a starting place next season.