CRAIG GORDON is ready to face Manchester City in the Champions League crunch at Parkhead on Wednesday.
Brendan Rodgers is likely to restore the Scotland international keeper who came on at half-time yesterday for Dorus de Vries in the 6-1 rout of Kilmarnock.
The Dutchman felt a pain in his chest after looking slow to react to Killie’s goal that opened the scoring when a 40-yard drive escaped him at his left hand post.
And, although the Hoops boss insisted the substitution was precautionary, he also admitted he had no second thoughts about playing Gordon against Pep Guardiola’s Premier League leaders.unspecified-13

Rodgers said: “Craig is more than capable. He’s a brilliant shotstopper, he’s improving his game with his feet all the time. It’s a part of how I work, players have to work that way, there’s no compromise, no choice, and he’s more than capable to come in, of course.

“Dorus strained his chest when he landed. He could have played on, but we had Craig there fit and capable and I didn’t want to take any risk with it, so we will see how Dorus is over the next couple of days.“

Asked whether his former Swansea keeper was at fault for the goal – his 12th conceded in five games – Rodgers admitted: “It’s a bit of both.

“At the time I thought to get beat from that range, I would need to see it again.

“When I saw the video, I watched it two or three times, and I give the credit to the player. The goalkeeper, you could say, was in the perfect position because normally from that distance out you would have him a little further forward, but if you actually see the strike it would be harsh to say anything against the kid.

“It was an incredible touch, turn and the technique was great. When a goalkeeper gets beat from that range there’s always a question mark, but I give applause to the kid because it was a great goal.”

If Celtic are to get anything against Manchester City a basic requirement will be a sold goalkeeper performance. The Celtic support have yet to see this yet from Dorus de Vries in any of his appearances since arriving from Nottingham Forest.
The Champions League is the most unforgiving of tournaments where the opposition target your weaknesses.
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