Celtic are looking at the possibility of signing Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon on a free transfer at the end of this season. Celtic are also looking at signing Fraser Forster, but have made Craig Gordon than their backup transfer target in case they fail to land the former.
Craig Gordon is out of contract at the end of the season, and is very unlikely that Sunderland will be looking at the possibility of offering a new deal for the former Scotland international. The £ 9 million signing has not played a great deal of football in the last two years, but Neil Lennon reckons that he will be able to get the best out of the goalkeeper.
Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill only recently revealed that he will be giving a chance to Craig Gordon to prove himself in the remaining few matches of the Premier league. Since Sunderland have nothing to play for in the remainder of the season, Martin O’Neill sees this is a great opportunity to assess the capacity of Craig Gordon. One of the major stumbling block in the move could be the wages of Craig Gordon. He currently runs around £ 40,000 per week, but Celtic will be unable to match that offer.
“Craig has been out for a long, long time and it’s about getting back into the side to prove his point. That’s been the difficulty. I’m not so sure that players of that ability wouldn’t want to be playing in somebody’s first team. I would understand that,” Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill said about the future of Craig Gordon.
A number of departures are expected at Parkhead this season in order to balance the books. The financial difficulties in Scottish football is well documented following the situation surrounding Rangers, who are in administration now.
Meanwhile Sunderland striker Frazier Campbell is one of the outsiders to make the England squad for the European Championships. He is available at the bookies at 18/1, so it has to be worth sticking one of your euro 2012 free bets on him – could pay dividends! 🙂