Craig Gordon admits sneaky ways he tried to gain upper hand in Old Firm penalty shootout

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The Celtic goalkeeper reveals his tactics did not pay off as his side slipped to defeat to Rangers at Hampden Park.

Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon has admitted that he tried "everything" to put off Rangers' penalty-takers and his opposite number Wes Foderingham during the penalty shootout defeat at Hampden Park, as quoted by STV.

The Bhoys were beaten by arch-rivals Rangers from the spot after the Scottish Cup semi-final finished 2-2 after extra-time in a thrilling encounter at the national stadium on Sunday.

That was the Hoops' first defeat to their rivals since March 2012 and was an undignified loss for the Scottish Premiership club against Mark Warburton's Scottish Championship-winning side.

Gordon was not called into action too much during open play, saving well from Kenny Miller for what was the Gers' only shot on target aside from their two goals during the 120 minutes.

However, he ended up on the losing side in the shootout as counterpart Foderingham saved two spot-kicks and Tom Rogic blazed the deciding strike high and wide of goal to seal Rangers' biggest day since their liquidation.

After the match, Gordon admitted that he tried a range of gamesmanship and tactics to gain the upper hand in the finale, including trying to get into the head of the Gers' kick-takers and robbing Foderingham of his information sheet, albeit all to no avail.

The 33-year-old revealed, as quoted by STV: "There was plenty but that's all part of it. I was throwing the other goalkeeper's waterbottle away because I know he keeps some useful information on that, so that was getting launched over the advertising boards.

"I was shouting at the players I'd seen them taking penalties before but it didn't work. I tried everything to put the players off but unfortunately it didn't work for me today."

Celtic's defeat is sure to plunge manager Ronny Deila's future into more doubt than ever before, with many pundits having touted the semi-final clash as crucial to him securing his job for the long-term.

The Bhoys must now regroup and ensure that they seal a fifth Premiership title in a row, with the Glasgow side currently sitting eight points ahead of Aberdeen.

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