No 1-Our New Legend?

Morning,all.

Most of us will remember the bad old days when it didn’t really matter who lined up in goal for the team because they were basically rubbish. In my own opinion,we went decades between the glory years of Ronnie Simpson and John Fallon until the arrival of Artur Boruc without having a capable presence,the kind of player who could be trusted to do more than simply pick the ball up from behind the net and kick it back into play. I’m always minded not to rubbish someone who is better at their job than I would be,and that pass marks should be awarded at the very least to such as Evan Williams and Ally Hunter. 

But lets face it,they weren’t Peter Shilton or Sepp Maier. And for the best part of forty years,we could have had either between the sticks,even at their current seventy or eighty years-old,and they would likely have been an improvement!

That all changed with the arrival of Artur,who really opened our eyes to the joy and pleasure of having a proper goalkeeper behind the defence. Someone who could get them out of jail when necessary. Aye,he could be a bit eccentric to say the least,and he certainly wasn’t without his faults at times-that 4-2 defeat by the huns in 2008 will always be a blemish on his record,for instance-but bloody hell,we finally had a goalkeeper! 

Of course,as we all know,we had a bit of a flawed individual as well. Headstrong off the pitch as well as on it. So it was with some regret that we waved goodbye to Artur in 2010,all of us regretting losing the keeper he should have been but few of us mourning the loss of the keeper he was too frequently becoming. And all wondering what next,because some of the memories of past bloody nightmares were still fresh!

And lo,we got Fraser Forster! Aw man,a giant of a keeper,a big awkward-looking fella-but one whom we soon took to our hearts. A fella who will always be associated with the night of our 125th anniversary as we famously beat the unbeatable,the Barcelona side of 2012. 

La Gran Muralla,he was christened that night-and seven years later,Alfredo Morelos was probably calling him something else in the same language after his worldy in the League Cup Final at Hampden. Christopher Jullien might have scored the goal that won us the cup,but it was keeping them out at the other end that was the difference. 

And he did it all day. And looked like he could have done it all week too. 

Of course,Fraser left in 2014 for richer pastures,and soon established himself in the top ranks down south before a mix of injuries and personal problems saw him drop out of favour. We settled for rehabilitating both Craig Gordon and Scott Bain,both of whom were largely better than those from our youth and rarely let us down. We could certainly have had worse,that’s for sure! But with Big Lurch’s mystifying decision to return to Southampton,we had to find another goalkeeper pronto. And fair play to the board in doing so-and in signing a first-choice international keeper at that. 

So it is time to welcome aboard our latest No 1,Vasilias Barkas. Some of us will remember him playing for AEK Athens a couple of years back,and breaking our hearts as he did so. Let’s hope he can continue that type of behaviour for us as he continues a fifteen-year run of bloody excellent Celtic goalkeepers,and there’s something that for decades I never thought I was likely to say!

Welcome aboard,big man. Welcome to Paradise,a place where strange things happen and legends are made. And you’re about nine months away from becoming one too. 

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Above article by BMCUWP. 

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Stephen

Oh and Forsters not in because he’s used us more times than a tetley tea bag on a washing line.

Mahe

Stephen,
Youre welcome to give your opinion but no personal abuse please.
Hail Hail

thetic

I waited many years for a Celtic goalie to break the huns hearts and last year Big FF did it for me.There are some memories that Celtic have given me that will never be erased, and his performance that day will last forever. Over the years of all the Huns games I watched it always seemed their goalies skinned us, and ours gave up soft goals.If this guy is 6’5” he fills a lot of space. I just hope it doesn’t take him a long time to get down for low shots

Noel Skytrot

No mention of the man from Donegal, yer a heretic BMCUWP.

Barkas gets a good write up by the Greek football commentariat, but he’s still an unknown quantity. He’ll need to get with the programme right away and hopefully he’ll be as successful as big Sammy.

big packy

MORNING ALL and JIM, BOBBY, im flabbergasted you havent mentioned my fav goalie frank haffey, frank was in goals at my first ever celtic game in the sixties, we beat airdrie 9-0, frank also took a penalty, he missed it right enough but the goalie was aff his line?BTW, he could sing as well?

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NOELSKYTROT

Well,I didn’t want to be a hypocrite,as I was critical of him at the time. And since.

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BIGPACKY

He fell outside the timeline of the point I was making.

jimthetim53

Morning all and Packy.

Bobby I’m certainly not a fan of his punditry on BBC R Scotland!

jimthetim53

Hiya Packy, how’s things pal?

bada bing1

Can Craig Gordon post get deleted please ta

jimthetim53

Welcome & good luck to Vasilios Barkas. Not sure how to spell his first name!

Noel Skytrot

BMCUWP, fair do’s regarding Pat Bonner. My personal favourite and best goalkeeper of all time for Celtic is…Carl Muggleton. Lol

Garry

The 2019 League Cup Final will forever be known as the Fraser Forster Final.
Artur, Fraser and Craig are the 3 best Celtic goalies I have witnessed by far. Let’s hope our big Dutch/Greek signing can emulate them.

Pete

Michael what a Penalty taker too.

We need Artur Mentality to get 10.

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BADABING

Sorted. If that happens to anyone else and you want a post deleted,mail me

bmcuwp@gmail

or text me if you have my number.

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bada bing1

As we guessed, Sky Sports dining out on the huns, (he’s doing such a good job up there),we should have been the first game of the new season, unfurling the League Flag.

bada bing1

Cheers M

Bigrailroadblues

Good morning all from rainy Govanhill.

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BADABING

Build them up for a fall,mate. I’m quite happy with that.

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BIGRAILROADBLUES

Morning,mate. Bit early for The Star Bar,that’s bad planning!

Pete

In the Future when All is well.
Madasaswd.

Goodbye mr Mckenzie.

I Am rattling boy. Feck I am.

10 is gonnae be tough to get. I Maintain European.Glory is where.NFL HEART is @.

Bigrailroadblues

HH Mick. Meeting my mate in the pub after his disciplinary procedure with his employer. He’s engaged the services of a lawyer I know. She’s really good, also a Tim and absolutely gorgeous. Where was I??. Then Goodwood and Galway on the telly and a few beers ?.

GER57

I’ve seen most of the GKs we’ve had since John Fallon. Always felt safe with Ronnie, although was that Billy and John Clark? Thought Ally Hunter would have made it. But you’re right, Bobby, we didn’t have stars in goals until Artur, since when it’s been top quality.
I’m quite surprised at how quickly we seem to be moving in the transfer market, considering the window is open till October. My main worry is Eddy. Big club wherever; striker gets injured. £40m. Gone. Just like that. We can’t do a thing about it.

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GER57

I think the main concern with Eddy is him not signing a new contract. If he holds firm,I think the club will try to move him on this window.

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BIGRAILROADBLUES

Best of luck to your mate. I’ve been through a few of those myself. Employers tended to give up after I kept winning them.

jimthetim53

I get the uneasy feeling that if we spend 4 or 5 million on a new goalie our director of football will feel that’s enough spent on shoring up our defence for this year. New defenders will be projects or loanees at best!

big packy

AFTERNOON ALL and JIM, just finished filling the skip im feckin knackered? the last thing i found in the shed, was my old brown boots from my truck driving days, and my hi viz vest, so if anybody wants a pair of well used boots ,and a hi viz vest they are yours, no charge??

jimthetim53

Packy, I will give you a shout at Halloween!

bada bing1

Wee Nicola just said some spectators can return from 14th September

jimthetim53

Talking about Halloween. In the late 50s & early 60s nobody I knew wore fancy Halloween costumes. We wouldn’t know where to buy them never mind afford them! I went out dressed as a coal miner. Surprise surprise! Face cover in soot and wearing my da’s genuine knee pads 🙂 His Haversack was my bag for the goodies.

big packy

JIM, there yours? how did the pub go yesterday, i went in to all the pubs in shotts couldnt find you, hope you didnt go to that pub in larkhall again?

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BADABING

Well,it’s a start.

bada bing1
Garry

Bada
I am sure if Dermot and Peter had their way, it would be 60k back in Celtic Park asap.

jimthetim53

Packy, I was only in the pub for half an hour, it was dead! I went back up the road and watched my horse come in 2nd at 16/1, thanks to Twisty 🙂 I won £21.50.

bada bing1

Garry- I think we could handle about 20k in the Park just now, the Club have been working on this for months.

bada bing1

The Big Dog…..Barkas has signed a 4 year contract

bada bing1
big packy

JIM just peeling some tatties, i hate this job? will catch u in a little bit, ive got a horsey story for you?

Garry

Brilliant news. Barkas is here for 10 in a row! ?

big packy

WELCOME vasilas barkas to the greatest football team on the planet, if your half as good as my idol frank haffey, you will do for me?

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GARRY

Thought I’d pre-empt the official news for a change rather than just react to it.

Garry

BMCUW
Great foresight Nostradamus. ??

Mahe

Welcome to Celtic Barkas.

big packy

JIM i went to aintree races yesterday there was a horse called jimbhoy our names, so i had to put some money on it, i put half a crown each way, and you know what it came in at 20/1 ,but im not taking all the credit, you mentioned it to me so its 50/50 bruv ?

Mahe

I think Greek market should be exploited more. Good athletes, seems we can offer bigger wedge than most also.
This keeper should open that market up a bit I’m thinking by getting us exposure.

Just leave them stuffed grape leaves at home though my wee one loves the Greek yoghurt and a bit of feta.
And kiss goodbye to the sunshine when you’re back home grabbing your gear.

Mahe

The 20 minute cynic podcast has the West Ham striker Abjeti as an absolute cracking player who we would all be over the moon with. A cut above anything else we have quality wise.
I hope this one works out now.

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