CRAIG GORDON today confirmed he is on the lookout for new employers, with his Sunderland contract reaching an imminent conclusion.
Gordon is set to leave the Stadium of Light for nothing next month with no prospect of a fresh Sunderland deal for the Scotland international – five years after he arrived on Wearside in a £9million switch from Hearts.
With fellow stoppers Simon Mignolet and Keiren Westwood leaving Sunderland well-served in the goalkeeping department, Gordon has accepted that he will need to find another club this summer.
The 29-year-old admits he would like to remain in the Premier League, but is open to offers from further afield, albeit he has played down interest from SPL champions Celtic.
Gordon said: “It’s just a case now of me progressing my career somewhere else and finding the move that is right for me.
“I am just waiting to see what my options are and take it from there. It’s a case of waiting to see over the summer.
“There’s nothing going on (with Celtic) at the moment.
“I’m out of contract now, so it’s about seeing what offers come in and picking the best one from there really. I could stay in England or a move to Europe could appeal.
“I am open to any offer. I would love to stay in the English Premier League but if that happens or not, if it’s the best deal for me, time will tell.”
Gordon made his first competitive appearance in 14 months against Bolton three weeks ago after a long-standing knee injury had seen his career grind to a standstill.
Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill had wanted to see Gordon in action before contemplating offering him a new deal and the Scotland international responded with a solid display against the Trotters.
But with Sunderland boasting two other international keepers and Gordon one of the best-paid players at the club, the Wearsiders will allow Britain’s most expensive stopper to depart on a free transfer.
Gordon is understandably desperate to return to regular first-team football and is hopeful of playing a part in Scotland’s friendly against America, in Florida on Saturday, May 26.
“I have been training for a few months now and hopefully I’ll get some time on the pitch in America,” he added.
“I had a pretty good game against Bolton, I’m happy with the way I’m training and playing. It’s just about getting a run of games now.
“Losing my place at Sunderland because of injury was frustrating, but that’s part of the game. Other players come in and do well.”
•Tony Norman gives his verdict on Craig Gordon in our video above