Former Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon to join Celtic

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CELTIC are close to finalising a deal for former Sunderland keeper Craig Gordon.

The Scotland international has not played a competitive game in two years after being plagued by knee problems since being released by Sunderland in the summer of 2012.

But Gordon, who trained with Rangers towards the end of last season, has now shaken off his injury woes to return to full fitness.

The 31-year-old, who cost Sunderland £9million in the summer of 2007, is on the verge of penning a contract at Celtic, with speculation persisting over the future of the club’s in-demand former Newcastle United stopper Fraser Forster.

“We are getting closer with Craig Gordon, it is down to the small details. We can make this happen but it’s not confirmed yet,” said new Celtic boss Ronny Deila.

“We need to have alternatives. You always make contingency plans.

“If you are going to bring in older players then they need to have the right mentality and Craig has that.”