Speaking to the Daily Record, former Celtic striker Chris Sutton has indicated that a goalkeeper should be signed in the January transfer window, despite Craig Gordon being one of the best stoppers in the Premiership.
When speaking about Ronny Deila’s January transfer plans, Sutton said: “The position which is overlooked is goalkeeper. Craig Gordon is seen as the outstanding No.1, but he needs a challenge because mistakes have crept into his game this season.”
Craig Gordon is arguably the best goalkeeper in Scottish football right now, and this season he has conceded just 15 goals in 19 league games. In all competitions he has let in 33 goals in 33 games, keeping 13 clean sheets.
However, his form has dropped from last season, when Gordon was exceptional at times.
The stopper has been at fault for a selection of conceded goals this season, with European ties seeing him struggle for consistency.
Sutton believes his mistakes are due to a lack of quality behind him in the pecking order, meaning that no competition for Gordon is allowing mistakes to come into his game.
The 33-year-old Scottish international is aware that he will stay in the team regardless of his form.
Logan Bailly and Leo Fasan are the two keepers behind him in Deila’s first-team squad.
Fasan has still never played for the Bhoys, whilst summer signing Bailly has only played twice this season since his summer arrival at Parkhead, and neither are going to displace Gordon as guaranteed number one.
Sutton wants Deila to bring in a top quality back-up keeper to push Gordon, thus ensuring that the current first-choice stopper gets back to his best with the fear of losing his place in the starting XI.