Craig Gordon says double treble makes up for missed Chelsea move

By daniel.cole

December 7, 2018

Craig Gordon has said that making history at Celtic more than makes up for missing out on a move to Chelsea in 2017.

The stopper was once the subject of a failed £3.5m bid from the English giants according to BBC Sport.

Celtic decided to dig their heels to keep their number one goalkeeper in a bid to secure a undefeated treble in Brendan Rodgers’ first season at the club.

Of course, Celtic were successful in their quest that season. They then won another domestic treble 12 months later.

The keeper has been Celtic’s first choice since 2014. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)

Gordon told the Daily Record that the success made up for not making a big money move.

The keeper said: “It was a very flattering offer, a huge club and it was a difficult thing to turn down.

“But I was on the cusp of winning an invincible treble here.

“That is something money can’t buy and it is something that will stick with me for the rest of my days.”

Gordon was signed as a free agent in 2014 and has been Celtic’s number one ever since. He came from the footballing wilderness, dogged by injuries during his time at Sunderland.

The keeper shares a smile with his captain after another win. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Gordon remembered the faith Celtic showed in him when deciding to stay at the club despite the interest from Chelsea.

“Celtic had given me the chance,” the goalkeeper said.

“I didn’t want to force my way out and go sit on the bench at Chelsea.”

Chelsea would of course go on to win the English Premier League that year, but Gordon became an invincible treble winner at Celtic.

The keeper forced his way back into the Scotland squad. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Making history over money

There’s no doubt a move to Chelsea would have served beneficial to the goalkeeper’s financial well-being.

However his decision to stay at Celtic has been more than vindicated. He had already won four trophies at Celtic when Chelsea came calling.

Since then he’s added another five medals to his collection, and will be hoping to play his part in a treble treble come next May.

Maybe if he had decided to move to Chelsea, he could’ve watched the Celtic celebrations from his place on the bench.