Pat Bonner: Craig Gordon can still make it to Euro 2020 at Celtic – he should stay at Parkhead
Pat Bonner has persuaded Craig Gordon to stay at Parkhead, saying he could still involve him at Scotland’s Euro 2020 finals.
Gordon hasn’t been the first-choice goalkeeper for Celtic during the season.
Gordon’s current deal is coming to a close this summer, giving him the freedom to sign a pre-contract agreement with a club of his choice this coming January. Alternatively, he could request to go to another club on loan in the remaining part of the 2019/2020 season.
At 36, Gordon has won 54 caps but David Marshal has since replaced him in the national team. However, Gordon is eager to start playing regularly so that he can reclaim his place.
Steve Clarke’s men are facing Israel on March 26 at Hampden in the Euro 2020 playoff semi-final. In case they win the match and afterward beat either Serbia or Norway in the final, they will get a spot in their first finals since 1998 when they played in France.
However, Bonner, who not only represented the Republic of Ireland at the Euro ’88 and ’92 finals but also made 80 appearances for his country, believes that Gordon has a great future at Celtic and can accomplish his international dreams while at the treble treble winners.
Bonner admitted that although the situation is hard for Gordon, he has performed exceptionally well at the club. He noted the excellent saves that the goalkeeper made when he came back for the Cluj match.
Bonner said that Celtic needs a high-quality second-choice keeper. He loved how Gordon demonstrated in Romania that he is ready to come in when asked to save the situation.
Further, Bonner claimed that Gordon’s career turned back in the right direction at Celtic because that’s where he won medals and got some good payment. He said if that was him (Bonner), he would stay.
Bonner believes that Gordon’s next step is to start coaching and preparing for the future of his career. He supposes that the best place for the keeper to get involved in European football and win trophies is Celtic.
According to Bonner, Gordon could still be involved at Celtic as a player for the next few years and then be back to form part of the club without hesitating.
He acknowledges how important the international state is for Gordon but feels the goalie will always be in the Scotland squad because he is “good enough.”