Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has explained what made him turn down a lucrative offer to join Chelsea two seasons ago, and how the chance to rewrite history with the Hoops was just too good to pass up.
Back in 2014, it looked like Gordon’s career at the top level was coming to an end as he struggled to recover from a chronic knee injury, but after winning the first-team jersey at Parkhead, the Scotland international has went on to become one of the club’s most decorated shot-stoppers of all-time.
The 35-year-old picked up his 10th medal as a Celtic player after the Betfred Cup Final last Sunday and speaking in an exclusive interview with Premiership sponsors Ladbrokes, he explained: “It was halfway through the ‘Invincible Treble’ season and things were looking very good for us here and we really looked like we had a chance to make history.
“I think everybody felt that here at the club during that season and during that run that we were on to something special, and it was a chance to be remembered for something extraordinary.
“To give that up, maybe to go to Chelsea, who ended up winning the league that season, I probably wouldn’t have got a medal for not playing enough games and possibly sit on the bench for long spells.
“Or give that up for a chance to make history and be remembered for something extra special.
“In the end that’s what I decided to do.”
After turning down the opportunity to move to Stamford Bridge and pick up a Premier League winner’s medal, Gordon signed a new three-year deal at Celtic in March 2017, and is tied to Brendan Rodgers’ side until the summer of 2020.
However, given his form over the last couple of seasons, the former Hearts and Sunderland goalie is showing no signs of slowing down or giving in to his age.
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