RONNY DEILA has admitted he wants to make Craig Gordon a Bhoy for life.
The comeback keeper signed a two-year deal last summer after being out of the game through injury for two years.
Celtic hold a further 12 months’ option on the 32-year-old’s contract.
Gordon has been in sparkling form since replacing fans’ favourite Fraser Forster, who joined Southampton for £10million in the close season.
Deila said: ‘Craig is a goalkeeper we want to have here for the rest of his career.’
Gordon, who cost Sunderland £9million when they signed him from Hearts in 2007, said: ‘That’s nice to hear.
‘I’ve got a year left on my contract and Celtic have an option on a further year.
‘That takes me to my mid-Thirties, so we will see what happens after that.’
Meanwhile Stefan Johansen believes that the recent recruits to the Celtic squad has added an extra dimension to the Champions.
Both Stuart Armstrong and Gary Mackay-Steven have started the last two games and are eligible to play in the Europa League but not the two domestic trophies which Celtic are pursuing.
The Norwegian playmaker reckons that the new arrivals, plus the return to fitness of James Forrest has improved Celtic. He said:
‘The competition in the team is so hard now, it’s difficult to get in the team and you really have to earn your right to play.
‘I think that’s one of our strengths now that we can put in new guys and people come off the bench and make an impact, but that’s how it should be.’