Deal all but done: Celtic to complete senior player deal next week
By Will Butcher
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Celtic have agreed a deal to extend the contract of goalkeeper Craig Gordon.
Rodgers told media after the 4-1 Scottish Cup victory against St. Mirren that terms had been agreed with Gordon on a new contract and that it was all done bar the finishing touches.
Speaking to Celtic’s official Twitter account, the manager said the 34-year-old’s new contract, which will replace his current agreement, which expires in the summer of 2018, will “hopefully [be] completed next week”.
???? BR on Craig Gordon contract: "I'm led to believe that everything's agreed. Hopefully completed next week."
— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) March 5, 2017
The Mail claimed last month that Celtic were looking to keep Gordon in Glasgow, with the former Sunderland stopper expected to increase his £12,000-a-week wages.
Celtic’s number one was the subject of interest from Premier League leaders Chelsea in January, with the Daily Record claiming bids of £3million and £4million were rejected.
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But Gordon is now set to remain on Parkhead for the foreseeable future as he looks set to put pen to paper on a new deal next week with the 47-time Scottish champions.
The goalkeeper has been in fantastic form this season, keeping 24 clean sheets in his 41 league and cup appearances during the 2016-17 campaign.
His form has kept the likes of Logan Bailly and Dorus de Vries on the sidelines this season, despite the latter only moving to Celtic in the summer from Nottingham Forest.
Football Insider verdict:
Celtic are soon to secure their 48th title in their proud history, and Gordon has been one of Rodgers’ most consistent performers this season. The interest from Antonio Conte’s Chelsea has proven that Gordon has been one of Celtic’s best performers this season, as his consistency in between the sticks for the Hoops this season continues to give Rodgers a strong foundation on which to build from. However, with Gordon set to turn 35 in December, a younger goalkeeper should also be targeted by the Scottish outfit, and learn from the Celtic veteran before replacing him as Rodgers’ number one in years down the line.
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