CRAIG GORDON claims Celtic offered him an “enormous” cut in wages to sign a new deal.
The 37-year-old one-time Scotland international keeper is a free agent after his contract expired with the champions at the start of the month.
Gordon, who has been at Parkhead for six years, knocked back the proposal and there have been no new moves to keep him at the club.
The towering shotstopper, who made only six first-team appearances last season as he played back-up to on-loan Fraser Forster, has knocked back St Mirren and is now pondering a two-year offer from his former club Hearts, as CQN reported yesterday.
Asked in a talkSPORT radio interview if the offer made to him from the Parkhead club was significantly less than his previous contract, Gordon answered: “It was absolutely enormous.
“So, there wasn’t much chance of that being a possibility of a deal.
“It was a long way short of what I was expecting from them. And that’s what I told them. As yet, they’ve not come back with anything else so it’s up to them still to come back.
“I said that a few weeks ago and it was in the press in Scotland, that they could come back with a better deal.
“I said I’d still be willing to listen and absolutely nothing has changed since then.”
Gordon, who has won 54 caps for his country, added: “The negotiations haven’t been particularly good, I’ve got to be honest.
“It has dragged out and I feel it could have been handled an awful lot better. I don’t want to say too much on that.
“I had a fantastic time there over the six years and still want to be able to speak to them and see what they have to offer and what they’re thinking my role would be next season if they want me to stay there.
“So, there is still a little bit more chat to be had there to see exactly what they’re looking for.
“But, yes, I would have liked things to have been sorted out before now with them.
“With that said, that then leaves the door open for everybody else to make an offer.
“I am in no rush to make my decision just yet.”