Celtic boss reiterates Craig Gordon will not leave for Chelsea

first_imgBrendan Rodgers has reiterated Craig Gordon will remain at Celtic despite continued interest from Chelsea.Scotland international Gordon has been lined up as replacement for Asmir Begovic as Tuesday’s transfer deadline approaches.Rodgers denied any knowledge of a second bid from the London club and said his goalkeeper would remain beyond the end of the window.He said: “I spoke to you on Friday and told you he wasn’t moving. “I spoke to you yesterday after the game and told you there is no more movement and we now sit here on Monday afternoon and I will tell you the exact same thing.“There is nothing new to add.”Asked if he would categorically rule out Gordon’s departure, Rodgers replied “Yes” before stating the 34-year-old would start Wednesday night’s game with Aberdeen.Gordon lost his place in the Celtic team earlier this season before reclaiming his place from summer signing Dorus de Vries. Rodgers says he enjoys an excellent relationship with his shot stopper, adding: “It is worth noting, I have seen one or two comments in terms of how he was treated by me earlier in the season. Him and I have a great relationship. “If treating a player that badly (is) by taking a player out and putting him back, which raises the level of his game, which gives him his first international cap for seven years, if I treated him that badly, I am sure there would be others who would want to be treated like that as well. “So it is no different to what happened to the likes of Stuart Armstrong and Dedryck Boyata. “I am always open and honest with players and if they are not playing how I expect them to play, I will tell them. “In the modern game that can sometimes be difficult for the players to take because they will always find an excuse and look for someone to blame, and it is never normally them. “But what I have found here is the responsibility the players have taken and how we have developed them, the staff, all of us together, has made many of the players make good performances this season and Craig has been no different to that.”last_img