Craig Gordon has admitted that the reaction of the Rangers players to his saves in the recent Old Firm derby keep him motivated as a goalkeeper.
The Gers dominated the second-half of the game but first James Tavernier then Alfredo Morelos were denied by spectacular saves by the Hoops number one.
Gordon, who has been criticised by fans and pundits at times this season, was delighted with the saves he made in the game, particularly the save from Morelos’ close range header.
“That moment, where all the Rangers players were standing with their hands on their heads, is why you do this job” he said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
“That’s the one moment I remember. That’s the enjoyment part in football, for me.
“Maybe it’s a character flaw, enjoying seeing disappointment in what I do for a living, but it’s nice when it happens.”
The Hoops goalkeeper hasn’t been at his best at times this season.
He struggled in the Champions League group stages, and was poor in the 4-0 loss to Hearts which saw Celtic’s unbeaten record of 69 domestic matches come to an end.
However he ended the year on a high in the game against Rangers, a result which maintained the Bhoys’ healthy lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table.
Gordon and his team-mates are currently in Dubai on their winter break, where they have been joined by new signing Marvin Compper.
The Hoops return to action on the 20th of January when they begin the defence of the Scottish Cup against Brechin City.
In other Celtic news, Gordon admitted he confronted Chris Sutton about some comments the pundit made