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. philvus


    If legality was the only measure we were to use, we would open ourselves to everything and anything ( if the price was right) even Wonga.


    If we are more than a club ,we should also be more than an advertising space.



    A space I would rather was left blank.



    the Onlooker

  2. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    Main sponsor of the Club is the Support, always have been, and always will be.



    We should be looking at getting ticket prices down; until Dave and Gideon can get the ole Wunderschaft going again.



    Better to have 50,000 ST holders paying £300 a year than 30,000 paying £500.

  3. KevJungle – You may run from the interviews the JobCentre makes you attend, but you’ll never hide. (thumbsup)

  4. Was the board asked at the agm about police harassment of the green brigade and if the board are willing to sort it out ?

  5. Philbhoy - It's just the beginning! on




    Thoghts and prayers with you and your family at this sad time.



    RIP Jack.

  6. philvus



    I would hope that we would never go so low …..


    However it might have possibilities on a certain blue jersey ..



    only saying, like…..


    …..not saying ‘I like ‘



    The Onlooker

  7. The shirt sponsorship money we get is peanuts anyway, it should not have the board in such a state. A couple of nights of European football probably generates more money. We need Rod to start up a “You’re in My Heart” charity foundation or some like aimed at his global fan base. Millions would buy the tops.

  8. .






    I did a Quick Post to You this Morning (Melb time).. Had to Run to a Meeting so don’t know if You seen it..



    But l have been meaning to Ask You.. If You remember a Story a Shared about my Best mate in Melbourne’s Grand Daughter (Heart) on here a Couple of Months ago.. I believe You may have Know Him.. He Passed away just Over 2 Years ago.. From Clydebank.. PC..?



    I remember talking about Him a Few Years back and a Couple of Posters said they Knew Him..





  9. IB is feeding back exactly what hes told to feedback, dont waiver from the party line or DD will be knocking on your door.


    Re the shirt or any other kind of required joint sponsors with the bigots, it contradicts PL statement that we have a stand alone contingency.


    We either have or we have not Peter,


    whats it to be?

  10. Che-Still a stupid answer from IB is it not? I’m sure over his career he has had trickier questions than that.

  11. I think we would all rather have no sponsor. But the Board members have a responsibility to maximise income and see taking money off a company as part of that strategy.



    In a purely financial sense we should take the company that offers the most, regardless of who they are. But there is a need to balance the reputation of the club against short term financial gain.



    Now if we are to have a sponsor, then what would be “acceptable”? Alcohol? Betting? Double glazing? A bank? Starbucks or Amazon? Probably not.



    So who would we see as an ok company?

  12. We should be looking for a shirt sponsor based outside of Scotland so that a few thousand boycotting bluenoses will make little difference to sales.



    I’m sure many a big international company would have loved to have seen their logo all over our shirts as we put on a magnificent display against Barca a week or so ago.



    Surely, that alone, would have been a million or two well spent?

  13. Proudbhoy – yes it was mentioned and the board asked the fans to report it to the club if it happens again – or something like that.

  14. There’s a pro cycling team in Australia sponsored by “Team Budget Forklifts”, bet that does wonders for the cyclists morale and the sponsors business . . .

  15. Bada


    absolutely agree fella, in IB were talking an individual with a wealth of international experience


    but we hear and see it every year from the top table, unfortunately for them and fortunately for us, there will be a few internet bampots in attendance today who may, just may, make life that wee bit more uncomfortable for them.



  16. Summa of Sammi….



    12:56 on 16 November, 2012





    Sorry, Summa, I did not see your post.


    I did know Big Pat, He was a Duntocher man, Big character,


    He was a pal of my young brother, Joe, who is also no longer with us.


    Was there anything specific that you had asked me ?

  17. tomtheleedstim-Thanks


    Che-HH. It must have been a wee bit tamer an AGM than previous,but the Board (sp :}) must know the strength of feeling re association with thems.As a bhoy posted the exposure we got from last week’s game, might help us move on independently.

  18. Once again. IB’s statement makes no sense, unless we signed an individual contract with Tennent’s and they then went off and did a similar deal with Rangers.



    If they are going to say that they couldn’t get an individual deal with exclusivity, then it’s pretty clear to everybody that the sponsor is going to court Rangers too.



    It does give them a get out though I suppose. Obvious though it is.

  19. Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc


    Members asks board to use influence they have to stop continuing victimisiation of fans in general and particularly Green Brigade.



    Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc


    PL: Through comm. with various associations we become aware of events as you have described. Will investigate…


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    Celtic Football Club ‏@celticfc


    PL…will give them attention, investigate and hopefully come back with right conclusions.


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  20. jinkyredstar cuts it back for Neil Lennon on




    Thoughts and prayers with you and yours



    He’ll be with you at every game

  21. tomtheleedstim



    Considering it is the board passing on the GB’s details to the polis, I dont think much will come of that.

  22. To put shirt sponsorship deals into perspective.



    Bayern Munich receive €30 million a year from Deutsche Telekom!



    How much do we get from the brewers of Scotland’s favourite(?!) cooncil lager?!



    Ian Livingstone – the CEO of the BT Group – has been a member of the Celtic PLC board for about 5 years.



    What has he actually done in that time on behalf of the club?



    Was he at the AGM today?



    The BT Group figures for the financial year ended 31 March 2012 –



    – Turnover……….. £19.3 BILLION



    – Pre-tax profit…. £2.4 BILLION



    Care to send some of that money our way (ie the club), Ian?



    …and do not tell me that a HUGE company like BT would be worried about losing a few customers in Larkhall, Kilwinning…!!




  23. “PL will give them attention ,investigate and hopefully come back with right conclusions”


    Its the Green Brigade fault ,nothing to see here timmy.

  24. ASonOfDan – yes I’ve heard that said but not sure how much truth there is in it.


    Would like to think none but if it within the police’s remit then I don’t see what the club can do about it. Does this new(ish) bill override the Data Protection Act?