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Artur, Fraser, Craig and Wee Woodsy

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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. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    Whyte as part of Whyte and Mackay?

     

     

    Aye,due diligence,right enough…

  2. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BEATBHOY

     

     

    First coined by Shakespeare. Who should have taken his own advice.

  3. A Stor Mha Chroi on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS

     

     

    Whitley was working for Whyte

  4. thetimreaper on

    With the Whyte and McKay comment, i wonder if Withey is taking the proverbial. He’s been a bit of a smart ar*e with Alex Prentice so far.

  5. thetimreaper on

    James Doleman‏ @jamesdoleman 3m3 minutes ago

     

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    AD begins by showing the court a letter on Colloyer Bristow headed paper. Witness says he doesn’t recall sending but agrees is his letter

     

     

     

     

    Letter says Withey would be forming a “Newco” to carry through the transaction

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 10TH MAY 2017 11:54 AM

     

     

    Whyte as part of Whyte and Mackay?

     

     

    Aye,due diligence,right enough…

     

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    Rare Old Mountain Due Diligence… :-)

  7. With the evidence about the dates of the “Wee Tax Case”now out in the public domain,proving that Reagan lied,surely he has to resign.The bampots ,the Res 12 guys have now been proved,in a court of Law ,to have been correct all along.Why is there such a silence on this?.Am i missing something?.Apart from a few brain cells.