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GORDON REVEALS CONTRACT UPDATE

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CRAIG GORDON has revealed he has not had talks with Celtic about extending his contract which could see him quit the Hoops for free in the summer.

The keeper, who will celebrate his 37th birthday on Hogmanay, made a rare first-team appearance in Romania last night as the team brought down the curtain on a successful Europa League Group E campaign with their first defeat.

Cluj won 2-0 after a scoreless first-half, but Gordon could not be faulted for either goal as he was left helpless on both occasions with his defence slow to react to danger.

Gordon lost his first-team place when Neil Lennon recalled Fraser Forster on a season-long loan deal from Southampton.

The Scotland international’s previous appearance in the top side came in the 5-0 Betfred League Cup win over Partick Thistle in September, but he looked more than capable against Dan Petrescu’s side.

Afterwards, Gordon admitted that it was “good to be out there, a shame we couldn’t get a better result”.

He then admitted to Sky Sports News: “I have not had any contact from Celtic, any offers, any talks whatsoever.

“I just want to play football and we will see how it progresses. But I have not spoken to them as yet.

“There are a few players in similar situations. It has been a quite a busy time with contracts at the club, getting players fixed up.

“For me, it is just about playing games and that is what I will concentrate on trying to do and give everything in training in the next few weeks to make sure I am ready if called upon and we will see where it takes us.”

Gordon admitted that sitting on the bench has “hurt a little bit, but that’s the situation”.

The former Hearts and Sunderland No.1 added: “I want to play as many games as I can. I am getting towards the latter years of my career. You never know that is going to happen.

“I am in the last year of my contract and January is going to be a big month and I just wanted to go out there and show that I am still capable at the highest level and give myself a chance to play more games.”

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