CRAIG GORDON has announced his departure from Celtic in an emotional post on Instagram. The goalkeeper spent six years with the Scottish Champions before his contract ended this summer and no deal could be agreed to retain him as the club look towards winning 10IAR.
In the post, Gordon thanked the club, the staff, his teammates and the supporters who have supported him during his trophy laden spell with the Scottish Champions. Gordon was a true servant and managed to showcase why Sunderland once paid £9m for him with some incredible performances in his debut season under Ronny Deila as well as being a colossus at the back during his time at the club.
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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.
Gordon rejected a new contract on reduced wages with Neil Lennon’s side and a move to Hearts appears to be the most plausible. The Tynecastle club and Derby County have been linked with taking Gordon, who has played just six games for Celtic since the beginning of 2019.
Gordon’s future appeared to be away from Celtic after the ‘keeper spoke to the media last week about the breakdown in talks with the Scottish Champions. At 37, Gordon is in the twilight of his career and will need to play games in order to achieve a call-up to Steve Clarke’s EURO2020 play-off squad.
The moment when Tom Rogic’s shot hit the net and Gordon collapsed to the ground celebrating will live long in the memory of those associated with the football club. Gordon leaves Celtic as an Invincible, having won 6 League titles, 5 League Cups and 3 Scottish Cups and will always be welcome back at the club.
All the best in the future, Craig.
Thanks for the memories 🍀 pic.twitter.com/MpP6AfU4Zd
— Highland__Paddy (@Highland__paddy) June 28, 2020
After today's Celtic game Craig Gordon came out to the car park to let some young fans play shooty in. Magic! pic.twitter.com/SNoQ96HCf1
— Andrew 9️⃣🏆🍀 (@Hullbhoy) September 26, 2015
Must add a note on the amount of charity related work with Celtic Craig Gordon has done, including the Celtic Park sleepout which he has done a few times.
During the summer while majority of the players were on holidays he was with the Celtic Foundation in Kenya helping out. pic.twitter.com/VWCBGxuUHC
— JoeBloggsCity (@joebloggscity) June 28, 2020
Seen a mixed reaction to Craig Gordon leaving. He did very well for Celtic when he first came in apart from the Inter game at home. He won the invincible treble & double treble as number 1 choice keeper. So I don't have any negative feeling towards him or his time here
— Liam Kelly (@cfcliamk96) June 28, 2020
All the best Craig, you’ve cemented you’re place in our history. Onwards and upwards👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/9KZS8pvSJL
— CelticBhoy1888 (@Bhoy1888Celtic1) June 28, 2020
Best wishes to Craig Gordon who looks to be headed to pastures new!
He may have had his weaknesses but seldom (if ever) have I seen a keeper with his reaction speed from close range!
He's was a fantastic addition and played a big part in 9IAR! pic.twitter.com/vMAIBKoOKr
— Celtic Nation(Welcome to the party)🍀 (@CelticNation67) June 28, 2020
Craig Gordon has announced his Celtic departure after 6 years with the club. pic.twitter.com/GwAmZ34AaB
— celticbible (@celticbible) June 28, 2020
— The Italian Celts CSC (@ItalianCeltsCSC) June 28, 2020
Craig Gordon has just announced that he will not be renewing his contract and will be leaving the club 🍀
Thank you and all the best Craig 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/AVNs0srP2t
— Insta_celts (@InstaCelts) June 28, 2020