This might be an unpopular opinion, but I believe our number one keeper, Craig Gordon is vastly underrated within our support.
He gets massively criticised during and after games, deservedly some of the time, for his poor distribution but I don’t think he deserves a lot of the criticism he gets.
When Brendan came to Celtic, Gordon had been a professional goalkeeper for 15 years. Trying to teach an old dog new tricks is always going to be difficult. It’s sort of like trying to teach Scott Brown to become a 20 goal a season striker; it’s going to be tough.
I don’t think Gordon does too bad with his distribution of play. For example, our goal of the season last season, involved every single player touching the ball which shows he is capable of it. It’s an even bigger testament to Craig as a goalkeeper that Rodgers has stuck with him because of his shot stopping, overlooking the manager’s much-publicised need for his goalkeepers to be good with their feet.
Sometimes the Scottish International does take too long trying to distribute the ball before punting it upfield, which from time to time he does deserve criticism for but we do need to remember he is a goalkeeper and is there to do what he is good at, stop goals.
In many a game, Gordon has pulled out some top class saves to either win us a game or get us a point. He has had a few already this season against Rangers* and Hibs which I’m sure you could argue, kept us in the game or won us the points
Sometimes I do get frustrated like many other fans with how long Gordon takes to distribute the ball. However, I genuinely believe he is doing an excellent job as Celtic’s No.1 goalkeeper and there can’t be many goalkeepers out there (that we could afford) who would be able to do much better when in the position.