Celtic line up Sunderland keeper as replacement for Forster

Celtic Parkhead

The Bhoys have reportedly begun discussions with Craig Gordon over a move to Parkhead which could pave the way for Fraser Forster’s exit.

Fraser Forster may have already played his last game for Scottish Premiership champions Celtic after the Hoops were linked with a move for free agent Craig Gordon.

The 31-year-old has been without a club since leaving Sunderland in 2012, and had considered hanging up his boots to become a coach in recent months.

A one point he was even close to signing for Glasgow Rangers having spent much of the 2013-14 pre-season with the Ibrox club.

But in a surprising turn of events, it now appears that Gordon could be set to return to the professional game, provided he can agree terms with the Bhoys and successfully complete a medical.

It would mark a sensational turnaround for the highly-rated goalkeeper who made national headlines back in 2007 after moving from Hearts to the Black Cats for £9 million – the highest fee ever paid for a goalkeeper in the Premier League until the arrival of David De Gea at Manchester United.

And it may also signal the end of Forster’s time north-of-the-border, with the Celtic keeper thought to be keen on a move back to England.

The 26-year-old was previously on the books at Newcastle United but move to the Hoops in a bid to gain more first team experience.

Since arriving at Parkhead he has impressed, with a series of error-free displays in the Scottish Premiership and Champions League garnering praise from all corners.

Back in February, he also broke the Scottish League record for going the longest without conceding a goal, with Forster racking up 1,256 minutes between the posts for the Bhoys before finally shipping a goal against Aberdeen.

He could now be in line for a return to Newcastle, with current Magpies number one Tim Krul likely to be the subject of some transfer interest from abroad.

Provided Gordon can agree terms and get over his injury and fitness concerns, Celtic could be about to start their summer with a tidy bit of transfer business.

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