Thanks For The Memories,Artur

Morning,all.

It certainly seems like a long time ago-and 2005 was certainly that-but there was a time when Celtic had two problem positions,largely unresolved since the days of The Lions.

The best managers of our club in my lifetime are Martin O’Neill and Jock Stein. Each of them had a blind spot when it came to goalkeepers,and neither could find a decent left back,apart from the peerless Tommy Gemmell-who was not a natural left back,by the way,and right footed into the bargain.

Just ask Helmut Haller!

I have nightmares about the goalkeepers we had to endure after Ronnie Simpson left and before Artur Boruc arrived. Many of those goalkeepers had nightmares on a regular basis,like clockwork on a Saturday afternoon and Wednesday night. Then Artur arrived,and bingo. 

Once we signed him,we seemed to have a regular flow of top notch keepers,and it is hard to argue that Fraser Forster wasn’t the best of them. Just ask the Rangers players who peppered him for ninety minutes with everything they had one fine December afternoon at Hampden.

Or the Barcelona players who must have been sick of the sight of him!

Yet,maybe the best performance of any Celtic goalkeeper that I’ve witnessed was actually just prior to Artur’s arrival? And,yes,it was against Barcelona too. Nou Camp in 2004/05,as David Marshall held back the constant flow of shots from the home side,ably assisted of course by John Kennedy.

A pair of teenagers,against one of the best sides in the world? Unbelievable world-class performances that night from them both. Oh,I had such hopes for them.

Sadly,things happen,but David Marshall has had a very good career,even without quite hitting the heights I expected. And John Kennedy had his wrecked by an outrageous act of mindless violence against him in a friendly match while playing for his country. A disaster for him personally and professionally,and one too for everyone who could see how fine a player he was destined to be. Yet,sadly,destined not to be.

Artur will,by his own admission,agree that his own career never quite hit the highs that he looked destined for when we first saw him in 2005. But he had a magnificent career regardless of that. A Bournemouth fan of my acquaintance rates him as his club’s finest player ever,for example. 

His performances shaded towards the end of his time with us,as personal problems seemed to cause him on field issues too. That’s the kind of thing that many of us have seen for ourselves,bringing your personal issues to work with you. Maybe we’ve all done it,if we are honest! He moved on,his best days for us largely just good memories. Unlamented,in truth,as his form had dropped so precipitously.

Yet it was fitting that we should be the opponents in his final match,while he played for his boyhood club. He might not have been The Original Holy Goalie-you all know who that is!-and he might not even have been born a Celt. But he IS one,and you could tell how much he loved everything about our club.

Especially the bit that enjoys a bit of hunskelping..

Thanks,Artur. You were a wonderful example of the fine art of goalkeeping,and also of the truth in the old adage that you have to be mad to be a goalkeeper. And you could take a decent penalty anaw!

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Above article by BMCUWP

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McCaff

Every business person will rip you off from the Celtic board to Bruce Springsteens agents … just get a normal punter who drives a taxi and you’ll get it for £80

Although like the board & the Boss’s agents and that Uber mob … if punters are willing to pay the prices there will be people willing to take their cash 🙂

McCaff

GFTB…we’re dealing with a different type of business from when we grew up, instant gratification is demanded – Uber, Netflix, JustEat, Same Day Delivery etc etc. Or more correctly, we’re being dealt with differently from when we grew up. Marketing used to be obvious and simplistic but now it’s targeted very specifically to groups of people. The digital age has caught our generation by surprise but is slowly hooking us and winding us in. The next Gen are fully embracing it and are captured hook, line and sinker. The housing market is difficult for them to access and leased cars are absolutely commonplace. We’ve produced a generation of free-spenders who own nowt and don’t understand the value of anything. All their lives they have been given too easily and nothing has real worth or value. There is a genuine FOMO amongst the younger generation. That’s Fear Of Missing Out for any oldies reading this!! And the whole time the poorer are being made poorer at the expense of Corporations who feed off us! Apologies for the semi-rant but it’s absolutely the crux of the matter with Celtic, Ticketmaster and any other company who is at the serious end of the business of clearing out peoples’ bank accounts!!

McCaff

Here’s Paramore’s Misery Business, it just seems relevant…

Gordon64

The Amyl and the sniffers Glasto set is well worth a watch on bbc i player 🇦🇺. Not for the easily offended 👍😎

The Leopard’s Rimshot

Gordon, I’m not easily offended but that amyl shit blew my head off.

Shoulda stuck to the glue …

GFTB

Not on the blog during the week but delighted Jobo is going to oversee the SenCelPoty … it’s a terrific interest in your own choices and others …

Got a feeling it will stimulate plenty of Celtic chat … it’s a terrific interest and very enjoyable … it actually makes me start thinking about the who and going to select before a ball is kicked … and even more gutted than usuals if I can’t watch the full 90mins to get my top 3 in

Gordon64

McCaff

Sorry Gordon…was just about to reply to your post about Amyl when GFTB posted. Yeah, good old fashioned Punk band! Here’s Amy with post- Punks Sleaford Mods…

McCaff

If anyone cares…
Nudge It!
I’ve been out playing to this mindless abandon
This ropey idea about love and connection
Just stuck on silly ideas ’cause it’s all you can cook
You fucking class Tories, you mixed your social groups up
It’s like you all stick together, a stronger edition
The non-creatives un-impact, she got no invention
Just stuck on silly ideas ’cause it’s all you can cook
This kitchen’s lookin’ sketch, you mixed your chopping boards up
Nudge it
You’re just a mind that’s spraying and praying on walls
And the after effects are making my skin crawl
You’re just a mind that’s saying and playing so dull
And the after effects are making my skin crawl
I’ve been hard choked into a pool of inaction
It’s all commercial gain to point the seeds of destruction
It’s all a tired meeting in the emerald board
Ticking boxes with the subject for political score
The kudos makes it float on top where it stays
And the sequence of not being that close to his face
And just stuck on silly ideas ’cause it’s all you can do
Your car ain’t got no brakes, it’s just laughing at you
Nudge it
You’re just a mind that’s spraying and praying on walls
And the after effects are making my skin crawl
You’re just a mind that’s saying and playing so dull
And the after effects are making my skin crawl
I can drop a lyric with no need to drop a name
I do it for the pleasure, the money and the fame
You saying that you love it, I’m saying that you’re lying
I’ve been putting in the work but you’re barely even trying
Stood outside an high rise trying to act like a gangster
Stood outside an high rise trying to act like a gangster
Stood outside an high rise trying to act like a gangster
Stood outside an high rise
You’re just a mind that’s spraying and praying on walls
And the after effects are making my skin crawl
You’re just a mind that’s saying and playing so dull
And the after effects are making my skin crawl
You’re just a mind that’s spraying and praying on walls
And the after effects are making my skin crawl
You’re just a mind that’s saying and playing so dull
And the after effects are making my skin crawl

GFTB

McCaff 1.37am

ffs

I thought you posted nothing serious at this time of morning 🙂

I do agree … but I think we all just try to make our kids / families life better

Celtic is our constant ….

We live in terrific Celtic times

(although the 90s weren’t as bad as some make out)

🍀

McCaff

Sorry GFTB…sometimes it just takes over!!!

McCaff

On a lighter note…

McCaff

…and you feckin started it, btw!! 🤣🤣🤣

GFTB

McCaff 1.50am

👍

McCaff 1.52am

Ha ha … I didn’t say anything 🙂

The Leopard’s Rimshot

ATOB, I’m sure you could’ve gone as far as you wanted despite the restrictions in the women’s game at the time.

See the things we’ve lost through sheer blind chauvinistic ignorance?
It saddens me still to this day.

Can’t hang about as I’ve company but cheers for everything, guys, especially Mick and his beautifully written blog to all the posters the other day.

It’s always nice to be nice but even nicer to know you’re appreciated.

My wee Ma taught me that and I only wish I’d realised the true value of it before she passed instead of just messing about like a tadger and taking the piss all the time.

You’re the greatest bunch of posters that any Celtic blog has ever had and I’ve always seen that in every last one of ye and I count my blessings yet that I’m here amongst you.

My biggest regret is not meeting Leggy and the legend that is BRRB in the pool room above The Scotia a few weeks back as I knew from their posts that those men, like all here, are two special men indeed.

Isn’t it it funny how even a lion or a leopard can be struck by shyness when in the company of folk they like and respect? 😧

Next time, lads, for sure 💪🍀💚🍻

And your legacy? you leave it to us all

McCaff

Nice post, Leo!

The Leopard’s Rimshot

My legacy I leave to you all, Jayhawk.

I’m daft in that I never knew when to stop the caper but I do now.

Sorry, mate, gotta go, my company now demands it.

And she’s currently the boss ☺️

McCaff

GFTB…you lobbed the hand grenade then walked away denying accountability?
“but I think we all just try to make our kids / families life better”
“Ha ha … I didn’t say anything 🙂”
Caught! The internet is forever!! 🤣🤣🤣

McCaff

Ok, this is just playing away on YouTube just now, this is a tune…

@Rimshot top bhoy

H.H

McCaff

I found this wee throwback while looking for something else, it’s poor sound but I love the song…;

GFTB

McCaff 2.01am

🙂

This Bhoy doesn’t do walking away

No hand grenades just a different opinion

@Mc..got headfones on listening to allsorts…my health shit just now…but your links are out there..
I will be at Flag day ..can i meet you??if you are there…Big hug for the the Tic?

McCaff

GFTB..I know you don’t! It’s all fun for me, no shit. 😁

McCaff

I’ll be there next Sunday, Jayhawk. Happy to meet you, mate, my pleasure! Mick has my number, get it from him and text me. 👍

The Leopard’s Rimshot

Hail Hail, Jayhawk.

To you and all the troops 💪🍀🍻

All i want is you to know……the difference you have made
Ange…please don’t change…..

McCaff

Here’s another one that came up while I’m still looking for something else…

GFTB

McCaff 2.18am

Exactly.. the way the blog should be

My top 3 got the season ahead

Kyogo (he has the lot)

Abada … could be anything

Callum … because he is Callum …

Dare I say it … Callum is not as good but the nearest to the Maestro in my humble opinion… Callum has the lot

Hope he stays for seasons to come

Bedtime for me … yet again cheers for the Celtic chat

Hail Hail and good … morning

McCaff

GFTB…big shout about CalMac! I’m not sure he’s anywhere near as good but the modern game never really relies on a centre mid who played like McStay where absolutely everything went thru’ him. McStay was the best in my opinion, I’m not sure CalMac can control a game the way McStay did!

McCaff

G’night GTFB.

McCaff

I found what I was looking for about an hour ago. I hope you enjoy it considering the trouble I went to!!

GFTB

McCaff

The maestro is my favourite ever Celt … ever

But Callum is getting there

I just love Celts that stay with us all their days

Defo bedtime … by the way I never said Callum had Paul’s ability … I don’t think any modern day player is that good 🙂

🍀

McCaff

Mine too, by a mile! We must be the same age, I reckon. I’m 23, how old are you? 😂😂😂

McCaff

Goodnight all…I’ll leave with this…

Mahe
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