Celtic’s Craig Gordon has admitted in modelling his new goalkeeping style on Tottenham Hotspur’s Hugo Lloris.
The Scotland international has been reinstated by Brendan Rogers after initially being replaced in the starting XI by ex-Swansea City stopper Dorus de Vries.
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The Celtic boss signed the 35-year-old goalie as he felt that the Dutchman would handle his possession-focused style of play better.
However, Gordon has proven than he is more than able to add controlled ball-playing to his abilities, on top of his renowned shot stopping.
And it seems to be the Spurs goalkeeper that he is gaining his inspiration from to help him further his development.
“That is a term that gets used but I was reading an article about Claudio Bravo at Manchester City a couple of weeks back and it described him more as a playmaker than a sweeper,” the 33-year-old Edinburgh-born custodian told the Daily Mail.
“Unlike (Manuel) Neuer, he doesn’t necessarily come out very far from his goal. He stays further back and dictates play from there.
“So there are different ways to do it within that role.
“I watched Hugo Lloris doing it very well for Spurs the other night. You don’t necessarily have to come out too far — it’s about making decisions and getting them right as often as possible.
“Starting play and getting players into the right areas.”
Tottenham’s number one has been recognised as one of the Premier League’s all-round top goalkeepers in recent years.
The France international has won several crucial points for Spurs during his tenure at White Hart Lane, and seems to be the perfect choice for Mauricio Pochettino’s style of play.
If Celtic’s Gordon could emulate Lloris’ consistency then it would be a vital aid in helping Brendan Rogers secure his first Scottish league title.