From David Marshall to Tony Watt


Just days after The Beating of Barca in 2004 the youthful Celtic chief executive, Peter Lawwell presented teenage sensation, David Marshall, with a new contract, reward for his incredible goalkeeping performances against the Catalans.  Having made only a single first team appearance, in a cup game against (then) lower league opponents, David played the second half of the first leg against Ronaldinho & Co, then all of the second leg, without conceding a goal.

It Camp Nou performance was the most remarkable I’ve seen from a keeper.  After years looking for a solid performer to make the position his own, it looked like we had a new star.

A year later David had, if anything, regressed.  He remained first choice until after the start of season 2005-06 but Artur Boruc, for a while the genuine article, soon replaced him.  David was shipped out to Norwich before eventually settling at Cardiff City, where he has built a solid career, but his star never shone as brightly as we expected it to.  His Scottish contemporaries, Allan McGregor and Craig Gordon, both overtook him.

It is incredibly hard for a youth player to break into a team like Celtic in a position like goalkeeper, or striker, the pressure to deliver – every time – is so high, we are a whole lot more likely to introduce wingers.  The parallels between David Marshall and Tony Watt are remarkable, so far.

From the outside it’s hard to guess what went wrong for David at Celtic.  He lost his place at Celtic when he was just 20 and the trajectory of his career was never the same but 20 is still remarkably young for a keeper working at Champions League level.  Tony Watt is two years younger than David and he is in the considerably better position of being able to come on as substitute for sections of games, or to drop away for a few weeks, if necessary.

We should expect more fantastic splurges of form from the player but there will be frustrations and dips in form too.  He has the skill, speed and strength to make it.  With hard work and patience he stands an excellent chance.

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  1. Nuclear Bovril and a Half Munched Pie on

    Great news for CQNers who want to celebrate their curves.



    3 x XL anniversary tops are now available from the club stores.

  2. A Ceiler Gonof Rust on

    Ha ha ha, I can retire now.



    Any further info re the posts regarding the FTT ruling being available as of monday.




    Mon the hoops

  3. Kilbowie Kelt:




    Simmer down mate, that pwick and his reflection’s pseudo-historical plagiarisms from wiki are not worth a heartbeat.



    James Taylor

  4. Morning , good point Paul, we need to give Tony time to develop as a player , hope he continues to work hard and gets to the top.

  5. Murdochbhoy, yermanfromMK on




    Hopefully Tony Watt will benefit from Jim McGuinness being part of the player development programme at Celtic – the mind needs as much attention as the body to enable players to achieve their full potential.

  6. sixtaeseven: Wanyama! Watt!!! and a consolation goal for Messi on

    Morning Paul, up early for the AGM?



    Now that we have guys like Jim McGuiness on board, young Tony Watt will be guided along to a long and successful career with us.

  7. David Marshall is now a very good keeper. How many 20-year-olds play in goal for top clubs? Would Fraser Forster have been good enough for Celtic at 20 years of age?

  8. Paul must have an AGM to go to, hence early post :))



    PS has anyone ever seen Paul and PL in the same room???

  9. Paul,


    Shortly after that game in Barcelona,I gave David Marshall a lift from Hampden to the city centre. I was struck by what a pleasant young man he was, and by his shyness. I wondered if he lacked confidence.

  10. imaginger



    08:46 on


    16 November, 2012


    where is philvis?




    Bit early for Philvis but am surprised his butler was not paying attention.


    That poor lad could be on to a serious flogging.

  11. The PRE-ORDER button Paul refers to will link through later today. He’s caught us on the hop by posting so early today! For those on iPad or mobile we will also link though via the magazine graphic at the bottom of the Paul’s post.

  12. Good to see the police have their priorities right , from Metro – man taken to court for feeding sausage rolls to police horse.


    It is alleged that he was behaving in a threatening or abusive manner.


    There is no truth in the rumour that super Sally reported him because he wanted the sausage roll.

  13. Paul 67



    Young Tony has his feet on the ground and it’s heartening to be told this morning that, he regards being – hugged by his Mum & Dad – as far better than scoring the winner v’s the best team in the world ! I’m chuffed for Tony and his parents. Real chuffed.



    Yer commentary about David Marshall = Respect. imo



    You also said that -“…..we would be more likely to introduce wingers”



    Well…you know what…I wish we had players just now who could get to the bye-line and cut the ball back or, cross between the GK and last defender. I say this in the thankful knowledge that Gary Hooper has scored as many as he has.



    I would like to offer our recent visit to Tannadice as an example…our first shot at goals…65 mins ?!?!? Thankfully Miku put it away :o)



    I know await your correction that will put me straight :o)



    Every Day Is A School Day On CQN – CSC



    Hail Hail

  14. I seem to remember that Kenny Dalglish didn’t play a full 90 minutes for us until he was 21. We used to give players time to develop in those days. This approach was abandoned with Paul McStay who, sometimes, was carrying a team as a teenager. If anyone has seen the maestro in recent years it is obvious that he has some difficulty in walking. Some might say that he was exposed to too much too young for his physical wellbeing.


    On the other hand Alex Ferguson had his famous team consisting mainly of boys ( Giggs et al) and they didn’t turn out so badly.

  15. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Doctor Whatfor


    09:10 on 16 November, 2012



    A pal of mine saw Paul Mc Stay jogging in Coogee,a beachside suburb of Sydney, a few months back.

  16. Murdochbhoy, yermanfromMK on

    sixtaeseven: Wanyama! Watt!!! and a consolation goal for Messi



    You’re obviously a man of intelligence and discernment.

  17. Murdochbhoy, yermanfromMK on

    There’s something in the wind today but I can’t hang around any longer to find out what it may be.



    Best of luck everyone.

  18. Macjay1



    That’s really good to hear. I could be mistaken about his gait (I often am mistaken) but when I used to see him at Mass in Uddingston he seemed to hirple somewhat. That was some years back so maybe no problem now.

  19. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on



    09:02 on 16 November, 2012




    Shortly after that game in Barcelona,I gave David Marshall a lift from Hampden to the city centre. I was struck by what a pleasant young man he was, and by his shyness. I wondered if he lacked confidence.



    What a perceptive comment.

  20. Macjay 1…..



    Are You Aware Of The Fate That Befell The Thriving Jewish Communities Of The Arabian Peninsula….



    When The ‘Perfect Man’ Arrived On The Seen…..



    Are You Aware Of The Numerous Sura(Verses) In The Koran…..



    And The Hadith(Sayings Of Mohammed)



    Which Are Insulting And Offensive Towards Christians And Jews…?



    That We Are Supposed To Pretend Don’t Exist…..



    Or We Cannot Translate Accurately Because We Have No Knowledge Of Archaic Arabic…..



    Or……Just Because…





    Why Islam Will Not Tolerate A Jewish State….

  21. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    Doctor Whatfor


    09:22 on 16 November, 2012




    I am often mistaken.



    I know that feeling well,pal.



  22. Morning Celts!



    Its sad to see that some persona, on CQN is sticking up for the murderous bombings of a stateless people.


    I want the state of Isreal to survive and prosper but mimmicking the nazis is not the way to do it.


    Shame on anyone who supports this death and destruction.



    I know that the Celts are a broad bunch and in the main, inclusive of all. Please be aware My Celtic friends that some posters on here are anti Celtic and have their own agenda.



  23. Neil canamalar Lennon hunskelper extrordinaire on

    Just goes to show, you can lead a horse to greggs but a sausage has to rolll

  24. The Pantaloon Duck on

    One of the most delightful of the many delightful things surrounding the Barca game was the interview with Tony Watt afterwards. He seemed to be the happiest guy on the planet.

  25. No names,but I was told that a young player in Scotland,could not control his weight problem because of his love of chocolate.Believe it or not.

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