CRAIG GORDON has hailed his time at Celtic as the most “successful period of his professional career” as he confirmed his Parkhead exit.

The Scotland international goalkeeper is out of contract at the Hoops and will not sign a new deal after the club tabled vastly reduced terms ahead of their 10-in-row bid.

The 37-year-old hopes to have his future sorted in the coming days with Hearts looking his most likely destination after the Tynecastle club offered a two-year-deal.

Clubs in England are also interested, but it is understood Gordon will take his time to find the right club where he can return to first-team action as soon as possible.

Writing on Instagram, he said: "6 League Titles. 5 League Cups. 3 Scottish Cups.

"The last six years have been the most successful period of my professional career, and I would like to thank everyone who has played their part in making this possible.

"The club, for initially taking a chance on someone who hadn’t played in nearly three years. And to Woodsy for encouraging me to make the move in the first place, and for training me ridiculously hard ever since.

"I’ve had the pleasure of playing alongside some brilliant team-mates - who without, my time at the club would have been very different.

"The fans, for their support. Home, away… all over the world. Thank you.

"My family, who have been there through it all. The ups and downs, the miles, the sacrifices, the celebrations. I hope I’ve made them proud.

"At 37, and with a few years in me yet, I just want to play the game I love, and have played for 20+ professional seasons. Football can make for difficult decisions, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter and challenge.

"Thank you, again. CG."