Hearts boss Robbie Neilson has confirmed the Jambos are “trying to move forward” on activating a clause in Craig Gordon’s contract that will see the veteran keeper extend his stay at Tynecastle beyond the end of the current season.
The Scotland number one is out of contract in the summer, alongside several of his Hearts teammates, and Neilson is hopeful they can keep Gordon around for a bit longer.
Neilson admits he doesn’t foresee any problems getting the extension wrapped up with the veteran “very settled” after his return to Hearts following a stint at Celtic
“We’re keen to get him tied down, he has a clause in his contract and we’re trying to move forward on that,” Neilson said.
“I don’t see it being too much of an issue here, he is very settled. His family stay around the corner.
“So hopefully we’ll get it done.”
When asked how long an extension would be for, Neilson confessed the ball was in Gordon’s court, joking the 38-year-old was set to sign on for another 15 years.
The Hearts boss believes Tynecastle is the “perfect place” for Gordon to wrap up his playing career, hinting at an eventual move into coaching in the future, adding: “Fifteen years! As long as Craig wants to play he’ll be here, hopefully.
“He turns 39 later this year and he is still fit as a fiddle.
“So whatever Craig wants to do, we’re happy to facilitate it.
“At Craig’s age and his situation with the family staying in Edinburgh and eventually looking to get into coaching as well I think this is the perfect place for him.
“He knew he was coming in as number one, so it all fell into place really. And we were pleased to get it done.”
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