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