Celtic's Brendan Rodgers gives pointed reminder to Chelsea linked Craig Gordon

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

Chelsea are expected to make a second bid for the veteran goalkeeper.

Say what you like about Brendan Rodgers, and most people usually do, few have as much faith in their own conviction as Celtic’s manager.

And, according to the Daily Record, Rodgers has attempted to remind Chelsea-linked goalkeeper Craig Gordon of the value of loyalty and just how much he has improved under the Northern Irishman. Old dogs can be taught new tricks after all.

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The Daily Record reported on Saturday that the 34-year-old was interested in a shock move to Stamford Bridge, a decision that would surely consign him to the same substitute’s bench warmed by Asmir Begovic, Ross Turnbull and co.

Celtic's Craig Gordon gestures

And Rodgers has pulled out all the stops to ensure Gordon remains between the sticks at Parkhead.

“With all due respect, when myself and my staff came in here he was a far cry away from what he is now as a goalkeeper,” Rodgers said in quotes reported by the Daily Record.

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"He has gone away and worked on how we want him to play and has got himself into the team and has been absolutely brilliant, first class.

"We don't want to sell him of course.”

Gordon himself admitted earlier in the season that he had developed his all round game under Rodgers, with visible improvements in his composure in possession and ability to build from the back. Maybe Pep Guardiola should join the chase.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers

“In the past, when the ball went back to Craig the crowd were nervous and the players were nervous and he was probably nervous,” Rodgers added.

That is quite clearly no longer the case but it must be remembered that, if summer signing Dorus De Vries had not suffered an injury in September, Gordon may never have been given the chance to further his game.

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However, regardless of whether Rodgers stumbled across Gordon’s hitherto unknown passing ability, he will do everything in his power to keep him north of the border.

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