Craig Gordon gets lobbed after poor headed clearance

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Manuel Neuer is arguably the best goalkeeper on the planet right now.

His incredible composure, speed, judgement and of course shot-stopping ability makes it very easy to understand why other keepers should aim to emulate the giant German.

However, Celtic's Craig Gordon proved on Wednesday night that it isn't quite as easy as Neuer makes it appear.

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Brendan Rodgers men were taking on FC Astana from Kazakhstan in the crucial second leg of their Champions League third round of qualifying tie.

The teams were level after from their previous meeting before Leigh Griffiths scored from the penalty spot to hand the hosts the advantage but a subsequent blunder from Gordon would give Rodgers a very nervy last 30 minutes to oversee.

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Astana had already seen a goal ruled out for offside when the Celtic keeper chose to come charging out to a ball played over the top.

Unable to use his hands, the Scot attempted to head the ball away from danger. Rather than find the touchline or a fellow Hoop, he found Agim Ibraimi.

The Macedonian midfielder took one touch to control before unleashing a ferocious half-volley with his second, sending the ball flying over Gordon's head.

Celtic fans were not best pleased with their keeper's best Neuer impression and understandably vented their frustration on Twitter.

The Bhoys avoided extra-time, the possibility of penalties and spared Gordon's blushes with a very late Moussa Dembele strike from the spot in stoppage time to mark his first goal for Rodgers' side.

Celtic are now through to the final play-off fixture before the competition actually kicks off in September and Rodgers would be wise to advise his first choice keeper against any further Neuer-esque exploits for the foreseeable future.

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