Craigan praises Northern Ireland keeper Maik Taylor
Euro 2012 qualifier: Faroe Islands v Northern Ireland Venue: Toftir Date: Tuesday 12 October Kick-off: 1600 BST Coverage: Live on BBC Radio Ulster MW and online; text commentary on BBC Sport website and mobiles
Maik Taylor has won 86 caps for Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland defender Stephen Craigan believes goalkeeper Maik Taylor is an inspiration to his team-mates.
The 39-year-old Birmingham City shot-stopper goes into Tuesday's Euro 2012 qualifier against the Faroe Islands on the back of two clean sheets.
"He always challenges himself, whether he is playing or not. He keeps wanting to do well, wanting to improve and he is a great influence," said Craigan.
"It sets a wonderful example to the younger players in the squad."
Taylor was again in top form in Friday's draw with group leaders Italy at Windsor Park.
Craigan added: "If they have any thoughts or any doubts that they can't be bothered, they should look at Maik and how he goes about his business. I think if he can keep going, I can keep going.
"He loves playing for Northern Ireland like most of us do. Having that strength of character is a huge help to me."
Taylor has had to play second fiddle to Joe Hart then Ben Foster for the last two seasons at Birmingham
But despite his lack of big match action he has remained solid for Northern Ireland.
"You would think he had played 10 or 12 games this season," said the Motherwell player.
"To play so infrequently and produce performances like that against Italy, you don't get it by luck.
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