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. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Vmhan- thoughts and prayers with you and your family.



    It’s a sair yin, to lose yir dad.



    He is in a better place.

  2. Greenjedi



    I don’t want to put up the prices…I suggested it as a solution to the board nonsense about not be able to control dual sponsorship….an argument which I think is poor and disingenuous



    In any event I don’t think I would need to be as much as £50 per ST



    how much do we actually get for allowing our reputation to be sullied by association with the rotten mob

  3. macjay1 for Neil Lennon on

    KevJungle – Murdo 78/87 – 97/98 = Cheerio 10 in a row :o)


    11:47 on 16 November, 2012



    Any chance I could get a nomination?


    I`ll vote for you if…….well,you know the rest.


    Woof Woof



  4. kitalba



    08:55 on 16 November, 2012



    Kilbowie Kelt:



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





    Thanks for your kindly thought. Much appreciated.


    Happily I have little need to simmer down. If I was to relax any further I would be comatose.


    If you are advising me not to respond to our Fascist Faction, I am afraid I won’t be able to promise to desist. I am not likely to be able to change the habits of a lifetime.


    Nor would I want to.


    Wherever I see it or hear it I will denounce it.



    Good Luck & good health.

  5. SOAL



    In which case I should get a free shirt , bet or something given the amount of cash i put their way

  6. If we were to sack the bored wouldn’t that mean that most people reading kevs posts would be facing unemployment?

  7. Guinness would be my choice.



    The huns don’t touch the stuff anyways, so no loss to them.



    A charity would be the first choice, after reading how much Barca make from their sponsorship it’s a no brainer.

  8. ScotPatsFan



    11:44 on 16 November, 2012





    Sack the bored???







    Yes absolutely !!!


    I’m not just saying this today – I’ve been saying this since, WGS blew 4iar and, DD flew to the other end of the world to try to convince WGS to stay for another year ?


    All this, despite attendances falling to the half-way mark despite fans already having paid for SB’s and still not going. DD’s actions indicated to me that…we don’t plan ahead !



    Surely a club our size should have been on the case with – contingency plans ?


    The media have p####d all over the support from time to time and, what gets done about it ? Oh, that’s right – they banned Hugh Keevins ! WTF was that all about when you consider the trashing our support gets from various sources of the MSM ?



    Rudderless Ship Leadership from the suits – CSC

  9. TET,



    Its a tough call.



    Separate sponsors does mean boycotts unfortunately.



    I’d love the charity idea if feasible.

  10. Geordie Munroe



    I agree re boycotts …never knew a Tim to drink McEwans lager



    However we are perpetuating the Hun survival by allowing them to remain part of any “OF” dual sponsorship

  11. ….PFayr



    No chance, too Irish and Green :>)








    I read something the other week about how much Barca make from sponsoring the Quatar Foundation.



    I will look for it, will have to be later as she who must be obeyed is draging me shopping.

  12. ….PFayr 11:42 on


    Just watching SSN…see the once mighty Leeds continue to be in the grubber



    A portent or sevco …hopefully



    PFayr, most Zombie apologists ( Duffield etc) wrongly drew parallels to Leeds saying that they had maintained their history etc


    Leeds managed to get a CVA and were not liquidated so no parallel there…



    However …..if you go back further in Leeds history you will see that they were founded 1919 after Leeds City were expelled from football (for making illegal payments to players and for refusing to show their books to the FA.)



    Sound familiar?



    Such was the crime, that they were kicked out of football part way through a season and their remaining fixtures were given to Port Vale.



    Leeds Utd were formed the next season and played at Ellend Road but do not claim the history of Leeds City.



    That’s a better portent for Sevco



    The Onlooker

  13. Is Bankier suggesting that we signed a Tennents deal, then they went off and negotiated with Rangers.



    It’s the only possible way he can mean that joint sponsorship is outwith our control.

  14. Celtic’s shirt sponsorship should be advertising a company who is not afraid of boycotts or in maintaing sectarianism in any form in Scotland, so if you’re afraid to sponsor us on our own jog on and gives us someone who has got the cojones to face this shit down…

  15. Vmhan,



    Deeply sorry to hear of the loss of your dad.



    My thoughts & stuttering prayers are with you.


    May he rest in peace.

  16. Onlooker



    Interesting and more relevant ..I was aware of the Leeds CVA



    However I quite liked the idea of mighty Leeds remaining skint for years

  17. pabloh_AKA_NEIL LENNON on

    I would be in favour of a type of beer sponsoring us, obviously not any joint sponsorship, with Celtic Park joining the 21st century & allowing that beer to be sold at CP on match days, like in England.



    I think with crowds dwindling they need to make more of an effort to improve match day experience. For example bars that sell beer. Seating areas under the stands so you can arrive early & enjoy a couple of beers while the early English KO is on the tv. Improved eating facilities, not the current one where a dodgy pie & cup of tea costs a fortune.



    I could be wrong but say someone like Carling sponsored us again, and we made their beer the exclusively sold beer at CP surely they would pay us more?



    Just a thought

  18. Bankier has all the warmth and charm of an undertaker.



    His comment that we have no say in who our sponsor is defy logic.

  19. So not only has Ogilvie not resigned but he feels he has the credibility to be intimately involved in a new structure for scottish football, this despite being knee deep in the biggest (and potentially sometime soon the second biggest) club failure in all scottish football history!



    The guy has no shame

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