Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers told Chelsea they were wasting their time pursuing goalkeeper Craig Gordon only to see the Premier League leaders linked with his top goalscorer.

Reports claim Chelsea are considering making a deadline-day bid of around £30million for Moussa Dembele after failing with an offer for Scotland goalkeeper Gordon.

But Celtic have previously stated that 20-year-old Dembele, who joined them from Fulham for £500,000 six months ago, will not be available in this transfer window.

Rodgers was insistent that Gordon would not be moving on as Chelsea look for another back-up keeper to allow Asmir Begovic to join Bournemouth.

He said: "It is worth noting, I have seen one or two comments in terms of how he was treated by me earlier in the season. Him and I have a great relationship.

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"If treating a player that badly (is) by taking a player out and putting him back, which raises the level of his game, which gives him his first international cap for seven years, if I treated him that badly, I am sure there would be others who would want to be treated like that as well.

"So it is no different to what happened to the likes of Stuart Armstrong and Dedryck Boyata.

"I am always open and honest with players and if they are not playing how I expect them to play, I will tell them.

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"In the modern game that can sometimes be difficult for the players to take because they will always find an excuse and look for someone to blame, and it is never normally them.

"But what I have found here is the responsibility the players have taken and how we have developed them, the staff, all of us together, has made many of the players make good performances this season and Craig has been no different to that."

The Mirror reports Chelsea are keen to sign Sead Kolasinac from Schalke to fill the void left by Branislav Ivanovic's rumoured imminent exit to Zenit St Petersburg.

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