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Wednesday 22 January 2020

Lennon is keen to keep hold of keeper Gordon

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon pictured warming up before their Europa clash against Cluj. Photo: REUTERS
Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon pictured warming up before their Europa clash against Cluj. Photo: REUTERS

Neil Lennon admits he would be "loath" to lose Craig Gordon after the back-up goalkeeper sat on the bench again while Celtic returned to the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership with a 2-0 home win over Hibernian.

The 36-year-old Scotland international, whose contract is up in the summer, has played second fiddle this season to Southampton loanee Fraser Forster, but took over for Thursday's Europa League dead rubber against Cluj in Romania.

Afterwards he revealed there have been no talks about a contract extension and that he wanted more game time but Forster returned between the sticks against Hibs, with goals from 19-year-old right-back Jeremie Frimpong and French striker Odsonne Edouard taking Celtic two points clear of Rangers, who had leapfrogged them earlier in the day with a 2-0 win at Motherwell.

Lennon described the performance against Hibs as "outstanding, we should have won by a lot more," before addressing Gordon's concerns.

The Parkhead boss said: "I had a wee chat with Craig on Saturday.

"He's a player I'd be loath to let go or want to see go out the door because he's a quality goalkeeper.

"Fraser is the number one currently and if anything happened to him then Craig is a ready-made replacement to step in.

"From a selfish point of view I want him to stay. He might have his own principles and want to play himself.

"It's a situation not of Craig's making."

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