By Amir Mir
Premier League giants Chelsea have targeted Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon, according to a reliable journalist.
Telegraph correspondent Matt Law has claimed that Gordon, 34, is a surprise name on a three-man shortlist drawn up by the London-based club as they consider letting backup keeper Asmir Begovic join Bournemouth.
It is said Antonio Conte’s side are considering their options as the three shot-stoppers they are looking at are Diego Lopez, Galatasaray’s Fernando Muslera and Gordon.
Thibaut Courtois is the number one keeper at Stamford Bridge as the Belgian has started every Premier League game this season for the current leaders.
It is claimed that Begovic is searching for first-team football as the club have already rejected a £10million bid from the Cherries.
Former Sunderland keeper Gordon has vastsamounts of experience in England’s top division having played in the north east for a five-year period.
He has now established himself as a key figure at Glasgow Celtic, starting 33 games in all competitions this season, including appearing in five Champions League matches.
It is said that Chelsea’s former first-team goalkeeping coach Christophe Lollichon has highlighted Gordon as a possible replacement for Begovic should he leave.
The report also details how a transfer for the Scotsman could be difficult as his contract runs until the summer of 2018.
But the Blues could offer a number of their academy players as part of a deal with Rodgers keen admirers of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Dominic Solanke and Ola Aina.
If Gordon were to make a switch to Chelsea then it would be seen as a shock because not only the age of the veteran keeper but also he has been playing in a second-rate league for five years and has not played at a European level while in England.
Football Insider verdict:
Gordon should stay put in Scotland and help Rodgers side secure yet another Scottish Premiership title and the possibility of winning the treble this season. Courtois is the number one keeper at Chelsea and if Gordon were to make a move then he would more than likely be sitting on the bench. This would stagnate the career of the former Premier League player who should continue his good work in Scotland as Rodgers aims to make the Bhoys a powerful European unit. Gordon can play a big part in that as he provides the strong base between the sticks for his side to then go on and dominate games. Not only that, just like Begovic, in a few seasons time, he could be find himself looking for another club.
In other Celtic transfer news, odds have been slashed on the club signing this wantaway playmaker.