Brendan Rodgers hails Celtic favourite after reaching two milestones

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for goalkeeper Craig Gordon after the experienced shot-stopper returned from injury to keep his 100th clean sheet in his 200th appearance for the Hoops against Dundee, reports the Daily Mail.

The Scottish Premiership champions were held to a goalless draw against Neil McCann’s side, their fourth stalemate without scoring on home soil this season, but Gordon’s landmark outing was a positive nevertheless.

Rodgers said:

“It’s a great statistic for Craig, considering a few years ago he thought he was maybe done. It was great to have him back. He’s back early and looked like he’d never been away. He was very composed and it’s great for him.

 “He was very alert. He’s worked very hard in his rehabilitation. He’s a fit guy, he really looks after his body and has a good eye on the game. There were no nerves, he picked his passes in the right moments. What he had to do, he did very well.”

The 35-year-old , who joined Celtic on a free transfer in 2014, has made 24 league appearances this season, conceding just 16 goals and keeping 13 clean sheets for his troubles.

He missed seven Premiership games due to a knee injury suffered against Hibernian in late-January, leading to Scott Bain and Dorus de Vries deputising for a short period, but has picked up where he left off and could end the campaign on a high.

Celtic are now 10 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen, stretching their unbeaten run to six games, and are closing in on another Premiership title under Rodgers.

The Bhoys travel to New Douglas Park to face Hamilton Academicals on Sunday, seven days before they lock horns with fierce rivals Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

Facebook Comments

About the Author

Crippy Cooke

Crippy can be found on Twitter (@CrippyCooke) He is a sports journalist who has written for the Independent, Bleacher Report, Huffington Post, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph among others. Crippy treats football gossip with a dash of cynicism and loves tearing apart outlandish rumours.