Shay Given criticises Celtic's handling of Chelsea-linked Craig Gordon

Stoke City's Shay Given

The 34-year-old veteran has just 18 months left on his current deal amid interest from Chelsea.

The outpouring of astonishment that has greeted reports that Chelsea are interested in Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon does the 34-year-old a disservice.

He’s a man reborn this season and Shay Given has admitted that he is stunned the Scottish champions have not already tied him to a longer deal, the Daily Record reports.

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According to The Sun, Celtic turned down a bid from the Premier League leaders on Thursday, with Chelsea reportedly on the lookout for a new second choice goalkeeper due to concerns about the future of the seldom-seen Asmir Begovic.

Celtic's Craig Gordon gestures

However, Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that he is determined to keep Gordon at the club despite the fact they are yet to renew a contract which expires in just 18 months – something that has Given baffled.

"He is having a great season and I'm sure every Celtic fan would love him to stay,” Given, who started his long career at Parkhead, said in quotes reported by the Daily Record.

“I'm surprised they haven't tied him up to a longer deal already."

Despite entering the twilight of his career, Gordon has arguably become a more rounded goalkeeper since Brendan Rodgers took over in the summer, his ability to play out from the back vastly improving as the season has developed.

Celtic's Craig Gordon makes a save from Borussia Monchengladbach's Jonas Hofmann

Though, as Given alludes to, there remains a feeling that the former Hearts keeper has been underappreciated at times by the club’s chiefs, especially as Dorus De Vries was initially brought in as the new number one in the summer prior to his injury in September.

Ousted in August, these days Celtic are refusing to even consider the prospect of letting Gordon go.

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