Given warns Gor­don faces tough de­ci­sion be­tween play­ing and big pay day

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Ire­land leg­end and Celtic fan Shay Given reck­ons Craig Gor­don faces a huge dilemma after Chelsea re­port­edly made a move for the keeper.

The 134-times capped Given, who is now at Stoke City, reck­ons Gor­don will have to weigh up the fi­nan­cial in­cen­tive of mov­ing to Stam­ford Bridge as the back-up shot-stop­per against play­ing first-team foot­ball.

Gor­don is wanted by Chelsea man­ager An­to­nio Conte as deputy to Thibaut Cour­tois with As­mir Be­govic set to join Bournemouth. Scot­land in­ter­na­tion­al­ist Gor­don spent two years out of the game with a knee in­jury and Given reck­ons that could be a fac­tor in the 34-year-old’s de­ci­sion. Given said: “It’s a tricky one be­cause prob­a­bly from a fi­nan­cial point of view he is go­ing to ben­e­fit more from go­ing to Chelsea. But from a play­ing point of view he is much bet­ter stay­ing at Celtic, and for me hope­fully he does stay there be­cause I’m a bit of a Celtic fan.

“You can un­der­stand he has to look after his fam­ily as well and it’s a short ca­reer, he has to weigh that up.

“Craig had two years out so he’s prob­a­bly des­per­ate to play as much foot­ball as pos­si­ble to make it up.

“He’s hav­ing a great sea­son, as his clean sheet stats show and I’m sure ev­ery Celtic fan would love him to stay.”

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