CELTIC have knocked back a move for keeper Craig Gordon from his former club Hearts.

The 37-year-old shotstopper is out of contract at the end of the season and looks to be on his way out at the champions.

Gordon, who lost his first-team place to on-loan Southampton star Fraser Forster in August, is a target for new Tynecastle boss Daniel Stendel who could sign the ex-international on a pre-contract before the midnight deadline on Friday.

Hearts have asked if they could land Gordon in this window, but the Hoops hierarchy rejected their approach, according to a report in the Daily Record.

Neil Lennon has already said he would prefer his experienced last line of defence to remain at Parkhead.

The Hoops gaffer is struggling for back-up to Forster, whose temporary switch expires in June when he is expected to return to the south coast club unless the champions can thrash out a deal with the Premier League outfit.

Scott Bain is struggling with a broken thumb sustained in the 4-3 Champions League exit against Cluj while Northern Ireland international Conor Hazard has just joined Dundee and youngster Ross Doohan has agreed a contract with Ayr United until the end of the campaign.

Gordon made the breakthrough at the Edinburgh club before Sunderland paid a-then record fee of £9million to take him to Wearside in August 2007.



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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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