Senior player urges Celtic not to do business with Premier League giants
By Matt Farr
Celtic skipper Scott Brown has urged the club not to sell goalkeeper Craig Gordon to Chelsea this month.
The 34-year-old stopper has emerged a shock transfer target for the Premier League giants, who are chasing a potential replacement for Asmir Begovic.
The Scottish Sun reported on Thursday afternoon that Celtic had rejected Chelsea’s opening offer for Gordon, and Brown believes the club must continue to refuse the sale.
He insisted that everyone at the club wanted him to be a part of their success for the long-term, but admitted that it was little surprise that a club like Chelsea were showing an interest in him.
He told the Daily Record: “Craig is fantastic. He has shown that this season. He has come back pretty much from the dead to be our player of the year last year.
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“He is enjoying his football here and hopefully he stays for a long time.
“The gaffer wants him here, the club and all the lads want him here so it would be great for him to stay here but it is understandable that people come in for him because he has been playing top class all season and has stepped up from last season.”
From 34 appearances in all competitions this season, Gordon has kept 18 clean sheets, and conceded just 25 goals – most of which came in the Champions League group-stages.
He has been beaten just three times from Celtic’s last eight league games.
The veteran Scotland international stopper moved to Parkhead in 2014, after a two-year spell out with injury that saw him released by Premier League outfit Sunderland.
However, the Scottish Sun understand that Gordon is to meet with the club on Friday to discuss his long-term future, as Chelsea prepare a second, improved offer.
In other Celtic news, club chiefs are prepared to sanction a deal to let this striker leave the club this month.