LEIGH GRIFFITHS has admitted he is overjoyed Craig Gordon has committed his long-term future to Celtic.

The Scotland international keeper agreed a three-year extension last week and his team-mate believes he is invaluable to the Hoops.

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, looking for cover for Thibaut Courtois, made two bids believed to be in the £3million region for the 34-year-old No.1 in the January transfer window.

However, Brendan Rodgers insisted he wasn’t interested in doing business.

The Irishman has told Gordon he now rates him among the top shotstoppers in Europe.

And last season’s 40-goal man Griffiths backs up the words of his manager.


Reflecting on the 1-1 draw with Sevco Rangers, the striker said: “There weren’t too many positives for us to take out of the game, but you would have to give credit to big Craig.

“He had two really cracking saves for us and I don’t think he had any chance with the goal that went in.

“We were all delighted when he signed here again.

“He is a cracking keeper and he has showed that time and time again.”

Gordon, who was named this week in Gordon Strachan’s squad for the forthcoming games against Canada and Slovenia, had enjoyed 23 clean sheets in 42 appearances.

He also had a shut-out in his 45-minute role in the 6-1 win over Kilmarnock when he came on at the interval for the injured Dorus de Vries on September 24.

The former £9million Sunderland purchase, bought by ex-Hoops star Roy Keane from Hearts in August 2007, has conceded 29 goals during the campaign.


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