Artur, Fraser, Craig and Wee Woodsy


I watched Fraser Forster (29) deny Liverpool on Sunday with a series of impressive saves, one of which from the penalty spot. The big keeper improved enormously in his four years at Celtic. Another FA Premier League ‘keeper, Artur Boruc (37), spent five years at Celtic, a period which was marked with some vagaries in form.

Boruc arrived as the best keeper we had seen in decades, but two seasons in a mooted moved to Bayern Munich (who travelled to Glasgow to see him) were off the agenda. Boruc’s form had dived and he was no longer considered in the elite category.

Craig Gordon (34) was an excellent keeper under Ronny Deila but when Brendan Rodgers arrived a weakness became evident in Craig’s game: he wasn’t comfortable with Brendan’s passing game, which required keepers to be good with their feet.

Craig was dropped and didn’t make the start of the Champions League campaign, but eight months on he looks like he was born to play this way. The transformation in form has been remarkable.

Stevie Woods worked with all three keepers. He was the formative influence on Fraser, he rescued Artur from ignominious decline and with Craig Gordon he took a senior keeper and transformed his game.

We’ll talk later about Brendan Rodger’s striking ability to improve players, but there can scarcely be a goalkeeper coach in Britain with a more impressive track record in this regard than “Wee Woodsy”.




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  1. Geordie Munro



    One guy said they were both shopping for jeans in the maternity aisle in Topshop.






    LOL brilliant!

  2. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Kit, nice to see you back in your inimitable style. Hope all is well with you and your health is on the up.



    Have you bought a raffle ticket yet? Naw!!!! Well get some in………….:_)




    Off back to work:_(



    …………Before going out to do battle with my boy on the man’s course at crawsnestie:_)




    HH to you sir

  3. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    The old hun justice system comes to the rescue again.


    What a farce.


    Its like America here….all graft and lies.

  4. A Stor Mha Chroi on




    i thought he just about carried us for one, if not two, seasons. He was a senior player and he behaved like a senior player. He spoke out when he knew the manager had lost the plot. Okay he should not have pee’d his nappy in the dugout but for me that was forgivable. I believe that night was the end of Ronnie, nice guy as he was, I’m glad he is no longer the manager of Celtic Football Club.

  5. !!Bada Bing!! on

    DavidO- Good Moaning………agree with you guys who say Kris wouldn’t fit Brendan’s gameplan.The strop has been done to death on here,he should have kept if for the dressing room, but he showed he cared passionately about the team.93 goals from MF for 300k,can we get another 2 of them please? The only can in the team who entertained me for a couple of seasons.HH

  6. Whats the French for Clique ?



    I have no desire to be part of any Clique that accepts someone like me as part of that Clique….so there !………nanananna.


    Free The Calton WAN !




  7. Ernie Lynch@10:25



    “The Parties hereby agree to disagree”



    Could be the way forward, Ernie, though it sounds like someone is arbitrating there!



    Arbitrators and moderators?

  8. Geordie Munro on

    Being unhappy and having a strop after being subbed is commonplace and forgivable.



    Going pure radge and pointing to the fans as to prove points was cringeworthy and embarrassing.




  9. !!Bada Bing!!



    He scored a lot of goals for us. He put in a terrific shift against Spartak Moscow at home (including scoring a penalty) – which, btw, is the only game I can ever recall him truly working his socks off. And he was, until that fateful night, a great ambassador for the club. He is the past, we need to focus on the present and future instead of worrying about cameo roles.

  10. A Stor Mha Chroi on




    Letter from me was not drafted by me. By Dundas & Wilson instead. You must check the caveats. Signed by me. I saw it as a comfort letter



    (he is telling the Advocate Deputy how to do his job, not going well for the AD)

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    GM- when you meet most players, they are either (delete as appropriate), taller,shorter, thinner, fatter, than when they have a strip on.I met KC a couple of times when he had a t shirt on, not a pick on him, but bigger shoulders than i thought….

  12. VFR800 is now a Monster 821 on

    HRVATSKI JIM on 10TH MAY 2017 8:53 AM



    Very good, I do like that!




  13. O.G.Rafferty on

    Panto season in full swing…


    Oh yes he wasn’t!


    Oh yes he was!



    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 12m12 minutes ago



    Withey insists he was not instructed by Whyte but by the company Wavetower. Agrees Whyte was sole-shareholder and it was him he spoke to

  14. !!Bada Bing!! on

    GM- heat of the moment stuff, when he should have been the last player getting subbed that night.


    DavidO- for me, i think we should do our best to let him fave a final bow, and we move on.

  15. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on

    Where are all the Jacobins when you need them….Huge Guillotine rolled into Trafalgar Sq….Job Done:)


    Stop messing about, its getting boring:)


    Never mind an election, just go straight to the Terror:)


    Shake things up a bit:)





  16. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    Opps Findlay just did a Kris Commons



    Findlay objects and asks to address judge on a matter of law. Witness and jury leave court

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  18. Geordie Munro on




    Next to me KC would look like a skelve.



    I don’t move in your circles so I have to compare him to his peers. ;p




  19. Personally,I would be delighted if Kris got to say farewell at the Hearts game.His moment of “Petulance”as some call it,was from the heart.He saw that RD wa making a total James Hunt of it,and was fuming.As were many on here.RD has since admitted the job was too big for him.Is some want to pick on Kris for”Downing tools”which I dont believe,then the team that performed so abysmally in the Hun semi,should be regarded the same.If it had not been for his 32 goals,we probably would have lost that league.A proven Hunskelper,a gentleman,and he and his family were a credit to the club.97 goals is a testament to his service to the club.


    A 10 minute cameo,not too much to ask for.Let him and his family onto the park for the celebrations.

  20. beatbhoy on 10th May 2017 11:20 am



    Apologies for starting the accent puns, verbal diaeresis.




    Aye, you’ve got umlaut to answer for, pal!

  21. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    KC Farewell.



    How about a Viking longboat leaving from the shore of the Clyde:)


    Kris with Viking helmet and Celtic strip:)


    Epic music as he fades from view.




  22. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    We’re shown an email from Gary Withey to Stuart Maclean at Dundas & Wilson re proof of funding. “We have been provided with confirmation in writing that there will be up to £33m of funding available to RFCIHL from a financial institution to be utilised for the acquisition of sale shares and repayment of up to £27.5m of club debt to Lloyds banking group conditional on completion of appropriate due diligence and completion of all relevant transaction documents” yours faithfully Gary Withey Collyer Bristow



    Alex Prentice QC – did you send that?



    DF to the ‘prosection witness’ – “don’t answer that.”






    Point of law



    The jury leaves for legal debate to take place.


    Thoroughly enjoying the subtle accent puns. Very funny indeed,if a little trematic.

  24. The Green Man says SACK THE Board on




    Fire is just traditional for Longboats sailing off into the sunset, however, i believe there is a Fire extinguisher on board:)




  25. Kris Commons thoroughly deserves a big send-off. His goalscoring exploits – when we couldn’t find a striker who could hit McCoist’s arse with a cello – earned the club trophies and millions, not to mention the joy we got from it.



    The Molde rant was down to the expert tactical move of taking off your best goalscorer when you need to score goals – right out the Ronny Deila book of managerial genius. He wasn’t the only one stupefied by that move.



    Arrived quietly at a bargain price, brewed up a storm, skelped the Huns for fun, brought a get-up-and-go missus who was a gem too.



    A great Celt. Thanks Kris.

  26. The Green Man says SACK THE Board



    I’m desperately looking for the picture of Kris Commons spraying champagne that is spliced with the water cannon at the 12th July “unrest” a few years ago…

  27. CQN Badges –



    I will be making a one-off appearance at CQN from 11am at the Hearts match for those who would like to purchase badges directly in the traditional manner.



    Cash in hand, pick a badge. handover takes place. Done.

  28. Stewart Regan : Liar, Liar, Your Crystallised Arse is on Fire!




    The title of John James latest blog,scorching Regan.


    He does not miss him.

  29. James Doleman‏





    Takip et


    Daha fazla


    Withey says people in the city thought Whyte had funding , at one point he thought he was part of Whyte and Mackay