Celtic news round-up: Craig Gordon and Ivan Toney latest

Craig Gordon

With Celtic’s ninth title in a row done and dusted, the transfer merry-go-round is in full swing.

Players have been linked with exits while there’s the possibility of multiple incomings if reports are to be believed. 

Nick Hammond could have his work cut out as the Hoops aim to win their tenth crown on the bounce, recruiting and generating a steady cash flow for Neil Lennon’s side to launch yet another assault on the SPFL.

There are concerns over Odsonne Edouard’s future, although Lennon is intent on getting him to agree a new deal.

However, Kristoffer Ajer has also been linked with the exit door – Leicester and AC Milan are among the interested parties.

Though, on Friday, there were further setbacks for the Glaswegian outfit. 

Here’s a round-up of the best stories dominating the Celtic world…

Gordon turns down new contract

The goalkeeper is out of contract at Parkhead at the end of the season and if new reports are to be believed, it doesn’t look as though he’ll be sticking around.

According to the Scottish Sun, he has rejected a considerably lower salary to stay with the Hoops and thus, will likely leave once his deal comes to a conclusion. 

It was reported last week that Gordon had been offered a deal by St Mirren, something the stopper has since confirmed.

Speaking about his situation, he revealed: “With Celtic, the ball is in their court. They’ve made an offer but they know they’ll need to come back with something better.

“My contract has lapsed and I’m free to talk to anybody. That’s what I intend to do over the next few weeks. St Mirren have made me a good offer and other clubs have also been in touch.

“As things stand I haven’t closed the door on anybody.”

Gordon has played 242 times for the Bhoys after arriving six years ago. In that time, he’s kept 121 clean sheets on his way to winning multiple league titles.

Given Fraser Forster’s place as number one this season, it’s hardly surprising he’s thinking about leaving Glasgow behind.

Ivan Toney blow 

There was a significant update in Celtic’s pursuit of Toney on Friday. 

The Peterborough striker has been linked with a £15m move to either the Hoops or their Old Firm rivals Rangers in recent days, but now there is another party interested in his services.

Football Insider are reporting that West Brom are the latest side to cast their eyes upon the 24-year-old.

The Baggies are aiming to bolster their forward line with no one succeeding in passing the ten-goal mark this term. 

Toney has scored 26 goals this campaign so it’s clear to see why a number of clubs are hoping to lure him away from Posh.

Two senior Peterborough figures have spoken about his future this week and it is positive news for anyone looking to sign him.

Manager Darren Ferguson stated the League One outfit would definitely sell while Barry Fry added they’d consider if someone offered £15m.


Tapia breaks silence

A further transfer target, Renato Tapia, opened up about his future this week as he teased that a move elsewhere could be imminent.

Like Toney, the Peruvian midfielder has also been linked with a move to Rangers. 

His contract is set to expire at the end of the season which will free up a move to one of the Old Firm clubs if his representatives make contact.

Though, they will face competition from other clubs around the globe with Celta Vigo and LA Galaxy keeping tabs.

His destination isn’t yet decided but he did finally speak out. He told Feyenoord TV (via The Daily Record): 

“I grew up here and continue with a good feeling. Playing in De Kuip was always great. The farewell is going to get emotional, although I know I’m going to see them again.

“What does the future hold? We will see.” 

Tapia has played 26 times this term, failing to score but registering three assists.

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