Rangers denials over Celtic star Craig Gordon - Were they an attempt to save face?

Craig Gordon Scotland

Craig Gordon trained with Rangers last season, before signing with Celtic this campaign.

Craig Gordon's comeback continued this week as he made an international appearance for Scotland against England.

Injury meant Gordon did not play for two seasons, and Celtic deciding to take a chance on him this campaign has paid off, holding down the number one goalkeeping position.

The Telegraph reported last night that Rangers decided against offering him a deal: "He trained with Rangers last season but, when no offer was forthcoming from the Championship contenders, he jumped at the opportunity to join the Scottish champions."

In July, Gordon said himself that no offer was actually made, telling The Scotsman: "They talked about [an offer] a little bit but that’s done now.

“There is a lot of things going on at Rangers and I don’t think that I was high on their priority list. They offered me training facilities. I was grateful for that."

Rangers boss Ally McCoist denied this however at the beginning of this month, telling The Daily Record: "We did offer Craig a contract. There seems to have been a question mark placed over myself and my staff about putting an offer to a very good player.

“But I can assure you an offer was made to Craig and his representatives. I gave Craig the
 opportunity to use our
facilities, our doctor, our physio, our goalkeeping coach – and I haven’t heard anything from him since.”

With Gordon's fitness and form in excellent health, the better he gets, the more of a missed chance it appears for Rangers.

McCoist's comments may have been an attempt to save face, or there could simply be two different versions of what construed a contract offer. Did a verbal offer alone to his agent count as a proposal?

Scotland fans as a whole will be thrilled to see the ex-Hearts stopper back for his country, but as Rangers and Celtic gear up to face off in the League Cup semi-final in January, the realisation that Gordon could so easily have been playing in a different shirt will take further hold.

Being at the club and training, they were in pole position to seal his signature, and despite McCoist's comments, there was a failure somewhere down the line in letting him slip through their fingers.

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