Following Craig Gordon’s announcement that he is departing Celtic, there has been a bit of a mixed reaction on social media. In my opinion this is unfair.
As a person, Craig Gordon gave his best to Celtic and appeared to enjoy his time at the club. He respected the Celtic support and did his job. He has never spoken ill of the club and also turned down the money of moving to Chelsea, in order to continue playing first team football at Celtic. Beyond that, Gordon did a huge amount of charity work at Celtic, including taking part in the Celtic FC Foundation sleep out at Paradise on several occasions. It is also notable that whilst the majority of the squad enjoyed a holiday, Craig was busy helping the club’s charity with their project work in Kenya. Therefore, he seems a man with good integrity. The fact that he supports Hearts and has now rejected a contract on reduced terms, likely to go and play first team football at his boyhood club, is no slight on the man or disrespect from him towards Celtic.
As a footballer, Gordon represents a good bit of business for the club. Having sold Fraser Forster, it was a big gamble to bring him in after several years away from the game through injury. That gamble paid off when Gordon became a key last line of defence under Ronny Deila and was outstanding right up until the February in his debut season with the Hoops. It was then that he had a terrible night at the office against Inter Milan, with two howlers costing us victory. However, after each error, Celtic Park sang “One Craig Gordon,” as a show of support for the keeper after his fantastic season up to that point.
Gordon was the number one goalkeeper during the Invincible treble and double treble campaigns. He was an exquisite shot stopper, who did very well for the most part. Much of his downturn in form was as a result of a change in playing style, whereby Brendan Rodgers wanted him to use his feet and play out from the back. Clearly Gordon didn’t suit this style and it seems a little unfair to ask a goalkeeper to completely change his game when it doesn’t suit him. It’s almost akin to asking Tom Rogic to play holding midfield. It’s the way Brendan wanted to play and Bain suited that system better, but that’s not necessarily a negative against Gordon.
It should not be forgotten that Craig saved a crucial penalty kick in Israel, which was the difference in Celtic qualifying for the Champions League. That save was priceless, or perhaps it was worth over £30m. He was terrific in the December derby of 2017, which ensured the Hoops avoided defeat against the new Rangers, saving twice from close range against Morelos, Waghorn and Tavenir. In addition to this, during Gordon’s 200th appearance for Celtic, he racked up his 100th clean sheet at the club. He went on to make a further 42 appearances in a Celtic shirt.
Gordon is ultimately an Invincible, part of the nine in a row and the treble treble. He came on a free and leaves the club with 6 league titles, 5 League Cups and 3 Scottish Cups.
He should be remembered well and given our best wishes as he did a good job, represented Celtic well and leaves having lost the number one spot and being offered a reduced deal. This is his prerogative and there is nothing wrong with that.
Good luck to him.
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