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28th Jan, 2017 | 9:38pm

Kris Boyd: Celtic are powerless in keeping this player at the club

By Harvey Byrne

Former Scotland international and current pundit Kris Boyd believes Celtic are “powerless” in keeping Craig Gordon following Chelsea’s interest.

The Scottish Sun claimed on Friday that the Blues were preparing a second bid for the Hoops ace and that the 34-year-old would hold crunch talks about his future after being intrigued by the Premier League giants’ interest.

The Scotland international has been a key part of his side this season, playing 34 times while keeping 18 clean sheets and conceding just 25 times.

However, the goalkeeper was dropped earlier in the season for summer signing Dorus de Vries and Boyd believes that may come into play in helping Gordon make his decision.

“The only reason Craigy is the Celtic No 1 this season is because the Dorus de Vries experiment blew up in Rodgers’ face, like that time Kirk Broadfoot tried to boil an egg in a microwave,” wrote Boyd in his column for the Sun.

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“Had Rodgers got his way then, it’s the Dutchman who would be playing every week.

“The Celtic boss didn’t think twice about ditching Craigy when he came in.

“The way I see it, that’s a seed of doubt that will be at the back of Gordon’s mind each and every time he runs out to play.

“So Rodgers only has himself to blame if big Gordon ends up a Chelsea player next week.

“And mark my words on this, it WILL happen if both Craigy and Chelsea want it to happen.

“Celtic are utterly powerless here.

“They may be used to being the bully boys when they are negotiating with Scottish clubs, knowing they can hold them to ransom.

“But it’s Chelsea in charge of this one. And if they want to buy Gordon — and he makes up his mind he wants to go — there is absolutely nothing that Celtic can do to stop it.”

Gordon was dropped from the side in August for summer signing De Vries.

However, the Dutchman was less than impressive in his four appearances for the club, which included the 7-0 pummelling from Barcelona and Gordon was soon recalled to the team.

The former Hearts shot stopper has played in the Premier League previously after a £9million switch to Sunderland in 2007.

But, he suffered injuries for the majority of his stay in England and played just 87 times, keeping 19 clean sheets in his five years in the north of England.

He had a two-year spell out of the game between 2012 and 2014 before joining Celtic and he has since played 138 times for the Scottish giants, keeping a very impressive 67 clean sheets.

In other Celtic transfer news, the Hoops are in a two-horse race for international defender.

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