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GORDON POISED TO AGREE NEW DEAL,’ RODGERS

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CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that Chelsea target Craig Gordon has agreed a contract extension at the champions.

The English Premier League leaders wanted to sign the Scotland international goalkeeper during the January transfer window and had two bids of around £3million turned down by the Hoops.

Antonio Conte, the Stamford Bridge gaffer, admitted he had still been keen on the 34-year-old shotstopper and planned another move for him in the summer with Asmir Begovic set to leave Stamford Bridge.

But the Italian will have to accept “no deal” with Rodgers confirming Gordon is set to commit his future to the Parkhead side.

Following yesterday’s 4-1 Scottish Cup win over St Mirren, the Bhoys manager said: “I’m led to believe that everything’s agreed.

“Hopefully, it will be completed next week.”

Celtic had a 12-month option on Gordon with his initial contract coming to an end this summer.

It looks as though he will now sign a new three-and-a-half year deal to keep him in the east end of Glasgow until 2021.

Apart from a five-game interlude when Dorus de Vries arrived in August, the former £9million Sunderland star has been the the club’s No.1 stopper since joining in July 2014.

He took over from Fraser Forster who agreed a £10million switch to Southampton a month later.

His career had been in jeopardy following a series of injuries, but the 6ft-plus goalie has responded magnificently to restore his place at club and country level.

 
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