Danny Mills has suggested that Craig Gordon has played the “emotional card” with Celtic supporters after his comments about wanting to play regular first-team football once again. 

Speaking to Football Insider about Gordon’s future, Mills believes the 36-year-old has to accept that he is behind Fraser Forster in the pecking order at Celtic rather than publicly stating his desire to play regularly.

I think it’s down to him, he’s perhaps trying to play the emotional card a little bit, possibly with the fans. It doesn’t really work anymore, it’s all about performances, if he is second-choice keeper, he is second-choice keeper, end of. 

Celtic are doing really well so he (Lennon) isn’t going to leave someone out just because he might stay if he was that important he’d be No.1.

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And he’s not and you have to accept it, look what happened to Joe Hart, goalkeepers of that ilk, sometimes you just drop down the pecking order. If you’re desperate to play, you’re desperate to play and you have to look elsewhere.

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Mills puts it quite bluntly, but ultimately his point is correct. Gordon either has to accept that he is vying with Scott Bain to be Celtic’s number two this season or force through a move in January in order to increase his playing time.

Forster has been in superb form for the Hoops this season and no matter how desperate to play Gordon is, Neil Lennon is not going to drop The Great Wall.