It’s natural for goalkeepers to purely become back-ups as they get older, it allows them to stay on at a big club while picking up a decent wage.
The team know they have a veteran to fall back on when required, but it’s also unlikely they will grow restless and start demanding to play.
You could understand if things were a bit different for Craig Gordon – he missed a lot of time through injury so it’s understandable that he might want to play as much as he can in his final years.
A return to Hearts always looked like the romantic option for him, but a report from Edinburgh Live has hinted that their relegation from the Premiership may ruin that.
They state that the transfer seemed almost inevitable a few months ago, but the relegation and the impact it will have on their finances might ruin this.
Hearts already have a big squad and their wage bill must be huge for the position they find themselves in, so they may have to focus on getting players out rather than signing new ones for a while.
They do also say that his contract is due to expire this Summer so it’s possible he will leave Celtic anyway, but it’s not clear if he will take a pay cut and a drop in standard to play for Hearts in the Championship next season.