Craig Gordon confident he can adapt to Rodgers' style at Celtic

Celtic's Craig Gordon

The goalkeeper knows he will have to change his style

Celtic's Craig GordonCeltic's Craig Gordon

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has told the Daily Mail he is confident of adapting to Brendan Rodgers style at the club.

The goalkeeper has revived his career with the Scottish champions after managing to overcome a host of injury problems that had threatened to force him into retirement.

He has been the undisputed number one at Celtic Park under Ronny Deila, but now faces competition for his place from summer signing Dorus de Vries.

Nottingham Forest's Dorus De VriesNottingham Forest's Dorus De Vries

The veteran is a firm favourite of Rodgers after the goalkeeper shone under his leadership during their time together at Swansea City.

His ability to play with the ball fits into the Northern Irishman’s style and could see Gordon replaced, but the Scot insists he believes he can adapt.

“I have to go out there, do as well as I can and play the way the manager wants the team to play,” he told the Daily Mail.

“It has been a step up this season in terms of getting involved with the outfield players but it is something I feel I can do, given the time and confidence in me to go out and do it.”

Celtic's Craig Gordon (L) and Erik Sviatchenko (R) in action with Greenock Morton's Denny JohnstoneCeltic's Craig Gordon (L) and Erik Sviatchenko (R) in action with Greenock Morton's Denny Johnstone

It remains to be seen if Gordon’s place is under threat following the arrival of De Vries.

Given the Dutchman’s age, it is very likely that he has only been brought to the club to provide sufficient competition to Gordon given that the Scot has been relatively unchallenged over the last few years.

Should he struggle to adapt to that ball-playing goalkeeper role Rodgers likes, though, it will be interesting to see if the manager makes a quick change now that he has the option to do so.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

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