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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. Thunder

     

    Perhaps it will be shown that Craig Whyte is the owner in a round about way and therefore the next question is why the deal with Green was agreed by the administrators.

  2. Ah, Dear Lubo

     

    Pelters expected, but in my very humble opinion, Lubo was maybe not the greatest Celt ever, but he was the most skillful, by a fair bit. There have been many, but Lubo, well, what a player.

     

    Just wish I could see him again with Henke, C’est laVie

     

     

     

    KINGLuBO

  3. Been passing Molly Malones at the top of Hope St Glasgow on the bus for years never been in. Until now. Guinness at 2.99 and looks like a good menu plus a wee hoolie Fridays and Saturdays. And Naw, I’m not connected. Just like the look of it. There’s blondie on the sound system now. I’m dancing. Not pretty.

  4. blantyretim is praying for the Knox family on

    Bada Bing

     

    I’ve sent Kelvinbhoy a text telling him you are looking for him

  5. thetimreaper on

    The Chelsea Academy is vast. It’s run by ex Chelsea player Paulo Fererria. I think they have over 30 players out on loan at present. It’s almost a Club within a Club. They recruit players in the full knowledge that they will likely never play for the first team. Other will play for the first team but will never make it. Patrick Bamford and Michael Mancienne have been sold for decent money and guys like Lakaku and Bertrand have had to leave to get on in the game. They are talking about buying back Lakaku for crazy money. I read somewhere that Islam Feruz, who left us and ended up on loan at Hibs was the highest paid player in the Scottish Championship last season on £13k a week. The chances of Billy Gilmour making it at Chelsea are less than 1%. Last night their starting 11 included no Academy players. It’s probably still the right move for the boy, he’d have been flown down there and given the tour and the talk and his family would have been given every assurance. He’ll have a better chance of making it is a pro there than he would have had a Sevco and they’ll be offering a lot more cash too.

     

     

    The bigger picture is that Sevco have no chance of retaining or recruiting top talent. We on the other hand have every chance. We can offer so much as a Club, the chance to play free flowing, exciting football, UEFA CL, win trophies and to develop your potential. We have a proven track record and now having Brendan at the helm is the icing on the cake. I’m excited about the chance to land Dom Solanke, Paddy Roberts and others. Lets hope when the time comes we can retain Karamoko Dembele too. Young players will be on the first train out of Sevco but Celtic on the other hand are forging a reputation as the go to place for young talent. I suspect Billy’s family will have known that but maybe though it was too much hassle for him to make the switch to us.

  6. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    TTR

     

     

    Good post. Well thought out and articulated.

     

    Well done.

  7. What is the Stars on

    Timreaper

     

     

    Are we allowed have 2 Dembeles in the one team

     

     

    Have they not suffered enough

     

     

    What next , 2 Paddy Roberts or worse 2 Calums !!!!!

  8. Just visited Vinneys Bar in the Raploch where the Tommy Gemmell CSC are having a fundraising night for the Lions on the 25th May. A 1967 Playlist, showing off the game, some food at half time then some – hopefully – celebratory tunes if we win!

     

     

    The most heartening news is that we have sold over 50 tickets so far……

     

     

    Anyone in Stirling on that night and wishes to attend then contact me or Winning Captains, tickets are £5….

  9. I love Buffoon and the Jive fans but I hate the cynical tactics. Of that team. Probably will have to wait for Madrid to do them.

  10. If findlay was doing his job , he wouldn’t allow mcgill to have selective memory . Once a bluenose always a bluenose . He was softly softly with murray .

  11. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Jimtim- Murray can be recalled, and probably will as he is central for Findlay to defend Whyte HH

  12. Following the testimony in court, under oath, the Res 12 guys have been justified, IMHO.

     

    Is it incumbent on the Celtic board to now pursue the SFA for damages for lost revenues?

     

    Should Peter be asking for a clean out at Hampden? I believe he should.

  13. Juve 1-0 it was coming

     

     

    The Doleman piece was recorded Monday by the sound of it

  14. Ron Bacardi on

    It looks like the dead Rangers witheld information from the SFA which would prevent being allowed to play in UEFA competitions. SFA will do a shoulder shrug on that as they only rely on info from clubs.

  15. Jobo Baldie on

    A wee update in advance of our final 3 league games of our incentives to keep on keeping on –

     

     

    Our best ever achievements in the top flight have been –

     

    103 points (2001-02) – we’re currently on 97 so need to win 2 out of the 3 to equal that. But 2 wins and 1 draw would give us a new record.

     

    105 goals (2003-04) – we’re currently on 96 so need another 10. Given the 2 away fixtur although I do remember a rain-sodden trophy presntation last day a few years back when we mollicated Hearts!

     

    33 wins in a season (2001-02) – so far we’ve won 31 of our 35 games so need to win all 3 for a new PB.

     

    32 game unbeaten run (2003-04) – we’ve already beaten that one as we’re curently unbeaten after 35.

     

    Fewest defeats in a season – 1 (2001-02) – I think we are all aware that we are now mjust 3 games away from a new , invincible, record.

     

     

    Finally, there’s also the possibility of reclaiming a previously held European record. In 203-14 Celtic won the league by 29 points. However, last year a new record was set when Paris Saint-Germain finished 31 points clear. Currently we are 27 ahead of Aberdeen. Beat them on Friday would mean we’re then 30 ahead. And whilst we then have Partick away and Hearts at home, Aberdeen finish with 2 trips to Glasgow to face The Rangers and then Partick Thistle. Hmmmmmmmm…

  16. What is the Stars on

    Timreaper

     

    Dani Alves with a stunner, 2-0. He’s some player to be fair.

     

     

    Yep and hes signing for the huns next season…One Million

     

     

    Or is it his cousin Bruno ??

  17. Juve must have a great dietitian. All those oulfellas at the back for Juve are skinny guys. How did Monaco get to the semis of this competition?

  18. Philbhoy on 9th May 2017 2:41 pm

     

     

    Please waken me when the court calls for Colonel Nathan R Jessup.

     

     

    ===========================

     

     

    LOL

     

     

    They can’t handle the truth!

  19. glendalystonsils on

    Juventus taking the ball off Monaco players at will. Must be demoralising for them.