Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers praises returning Craig Gordon


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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has hailed the performance of Craig Gordon, who reached two milestones during Wednesday’s goalless draw with Dundee.

The Scotland international was making his first appearance since January following a knee surgery and he produced an astute display on what was his 200th Celtic game, while the clean sheet he obtained was also his 100th for the Glasgow giants.

Those two achievements were made even more remarkable as Gordon had previously spent two years out of the game due to a knee injury he suffered prior to joining Celtic in 2014, but Rodgers had nothing but good things to say about the 35-year-old after Wednesday’s match.

“It is a great statistic for him considering a few years ago he thought he was maybe done,” Rodgers said.

“It was great to have him back, back early and he looked as if he had never been away. He looked very composed and great for him.”

Wednesday’s draw extended Celtic’s lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership standings to 10 points, although Rodgers was unhappy with the lack of quality his side showed in the final third.

“I thought a lot of our play was very good, we worked the ball through the thirds really well into lots of good areas,” he added.

“It was a mix of us not having that final bit of quality in the final third to make the breakthrough and some good defending by Dundee.”

Celtic are next in action when they visit Hamilton in the league on Sunday and they are priced at 1.20 to win that contest, while the Accies are available at 15.00 and the draw is on offer at 6.00.

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