Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has told the Glasgow Evening Times that it was a challenge for him to adapt to the club’s style of play when he joined the club last summer.
Gordon has been very consistent in between the posts for the Bhoys and he’s explained the transition which has happened in Celtic’s style of play, which he’s had to deal with.
“I've changed technically a few things that have helped me to cope with the injury and, overall, it has improved my goalkeeping in general,” he said.
“Coming here there's been a different style of play, having to play out from the back, having a higher line and having to be a sweeper at times is something I hadn't done too much of at my previous clubs. That's been a change.”
Celtic need to play a high line because they are a team, which likes to dominate other sides with pressure.
Celtic are at their best when they hunt other teams and keep them pinned inside their own penalty areas, which allows them to pile on the pressure and smother their opposition until they find a way through.
As a goalkeeper, that means Gordon has to stay switched on and firmly focused on the threat of the counter attack because if the backline and the offside trap is beaten, he’s the first line of defence.
He’s got to be quick, brave and has to read the danger otherwise there is a very good chance that he will be exploited by clever opposition strikers who are good in one-on-one situations.
Hopefully his good form can continue.