Former England international Paul Robinson has urged Neil Lennon to tie Craig Gordon down to a new contract amid rumours about his future.

The 36-year-old’s current deal with Celtic is set to expire next summer, and Gordon has revealed that he is yet to hold talks with the club over a contract extension.

However speaking to Football Insider, Robinson believes it is “vitally important” for Lennon to agree a new deal with Gordon.

For Neil Lennon to have someone of his age and ability and experience around the squad, on the bench, I think it’s vitally important Lennon gets him tied down to a new contract. 

I think Lennon needs to talk to him about his new role as a No.2, especially if Forster comes on a full-time basis with them still yet to decide whether he’ll be at the club on a full-time basis.

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If he comes full-time then there has to be a new role for Gordon, but both parties have to be happy with it. 

But if a manager can explain the role to an experienced goalkeeper like Gordon and if he can get his head around being a number two, he’ll be absolutely invaluable as a No.2 keeper.

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Robinson does have a point to a certain extent, as Gordon is an incredibly useful back-up option to have at the club.

However with Scott Bain also available for Lennon, it is not essential for Celtic to tie the 36-year-old down to another deal.

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While he has enjoyed a successful stint at Parkhead, allowing Gordon to move on could be a good move for all involved.

The former Scotland international has expressed his desire to be playing regularly despite his age, and his absence from the squad would give the likes of Conor Hazard and Ryan Mullen an opportunity to impress in training with the first-team.