CELTIC boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted extending Craig Gordon’s deal would be the club’s best signing.

The Scotland international goalkeeper had his seventh shut-out in the last eight outings as the Hoops overcame Aberdeen 1-0 at Parkhead last night.

A 57th-minute header from Dedryck Boyata was enough to separate the teams and push the champions a massive 25 points clear at the top of the Premiership as they extended their unbeaten domestic run to an astonishing 28 games.

Chelsea wanted the 34-year-old shotstopper in the January transfer window, but Rodgers was adamant Gordon was going nowhere.

The club have a year’s option on his contract which is due to expire in the summer. However, a longer and better deal is in the offing.

Rodgers said: “It was difficult for Craig because I don’t think he is built for the stress. He is a big guy who is calm and laid back and it probably got on his nerves.

“But I have reassured him that he is an absolutely massive part of what I’m doing here.

“You see the level of his game, his composure, his quality – everything. And I’m very hopeful that soon we will tie him down for longer because he is a huge player in relation to how I want my team to operate.

“That will be our best signing once that gets done.”


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