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Craig Gordon to start for Celtic against Manchester City De Vries not 100% claims Brendan Rodgers

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has announced that Craig Gordon will start in goal for the Scottish champions against Manchester City in Wednesday night’s Champions League tie.

Gordon had lost his place as Celtic’s number one keeper when Rodgers signed Dorus de Vries in the summer, but with the Dutch shot stopper not 100% fit due to an injury picked up in the first half of Celtic’s 6-1 win over Kilmarnock on Saturday.

Speaking ahead of the Manchester City clash, Rodgers said: “Craig Gordon will start tomorrow. As it is for every game. I pick the team to come in and play. Dorus isn’t 100% and there is no need to take a risk. Craig will play.”

The Scotland international, who spoke to Celtic TV earlier in the say, said: “It would be good to get a run in the team but there’s a lot of competition. We have now got four first-team goalkeepers that are all of a really good standard so it’s going to be tough but it’s a good challenge and one I’m definitely up for.

“I have been training very hard over the last few weeks to try to make sure I’m in the manager’s plans and try and get a run in the team, and I’ll continue to do that.

“I spoke to him once when he told me he was going to put Dorus in the team. I have not spoken to him since then but I have just gone away and tried to work and also do my homework on what he likes his goalkeepers to do.

“I’m trying to improve my game so when I go back in the team that I can maybe adapt more to what he’s looking for.

“I’m still learning. I want to do as well as I can at the things he is looking for me to do and if I can do that and keep the standard of my play up, then I give myself a chance of getting a run in the team.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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