Celtic insist Gordon’s not for sale after Chelsea bid
Parkhead keeper is top of Conte’s list but Scottish champions are not interested
CELTIC maintained last night that Craig Gordon is not for sale as Chelsea had an opening bid for the player rejected by the Parkhead side.
Sources within the club have insisted that the Scotland internationalist is a player they want to keep at the club with a firm not-for-sale mantra issued.
Chelsea are in the process of looking for a back-up to Thibaut Courtois as Bournemouth have tabled a £10 million bid for No.2 keeper Asmir Begovic. The Stamford Bridge club will not release Begovic until it has secured his replacement.
The initial bid for the 34-year-old is believed to be substantially below Celtic’s valuation for the player, whom the club have an option to trigger a further year on his existing deal which would equate to 18-months left on his current contract.
However, while Celtic are resistant to offers for Gordon, it is understood that privately the player himself is piqued by the interest shown in him by Antonio Conte. It is also understood that Gordon first came to the attention of the London club in March 2015.
Gordon became first choice under manager Ronny Deila and has helped Celtic win two Premiership titles and the League Cup in 2015 and 2016. When Brendan Rodgers succeeded Deila in May, the Northern Irishman signed Dutch keeper Dorus de Vries and Gordon briefly lost his place in the team.
However, Gordon has started all of Celtic’s games since late September and went on to win his 45th international cap in Scotland’s 3-0 loss to England in November at Wembley.
Meanwhile, Celtic target Henry Onyekuru – who has been accused of going Awol over the past 24 hours from Belgium – has hit out at club KAS Eupen, insisting they are trying to force him to change agents and sign for CSKA Moscow.
Talking to africanfootball.com, Onyekuru said: “Eupen are acting funny on my transfer.
“They promised to let me move in January if I have a good offer, now there are good offers but they now want me to sign for their own agent and they want me to sign for CSKA Moscow which I am not interested in.”