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. Henriks Sombrero on

    Peter Lawwell ‏@PeteLawwell


    AGM great success, I have been voted by the Celtic shareholders to continue my domination over Scottish football and society in general.

  2. tigertim


    12:39 on


    16 November, 2012



    we’ve got two wingbacks that won’t go near the byeline, if you don’t get behind/around a packed defence you don’t score

  3. Friday 16 November 2012 UK



    Man in court over ‘threatening’ sausage roll



    A man arrested for breaching the peace after trying to feed sausage rolls to police horses became aggressive when told to put away the pastry snack, a court hears.



    Francis Kelly of Govanhill, Glasgow, is accused of giving the pork snack to the animals.



    Prosecutors allege he behaved in a “threatening or abusive manner” by attempting to feed the horses the sausage rolls.



    The 41-year-old will now stand trial in February in a type of case rarely seen in Scottish courts.



    The incident is said to have taken place in Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, on 26 September.



    ‘Aggressive stance’



    Prosecutors also claim that Kelly “adopted an aggressive stance” towards the officers in charge of the horses when told to put the sausage rolls away.



    It is not known how Kelly initially came into contact with the horses.



    He denies the charge against him and will return to the city’s justice of the peace court next year for his trial.



    He was unavailable for comment regarding the claims, but a source close to the case said he would be fighting the charge.



    The insider added: “His view is simply that he thought the horses looked hungry, daft as that sounds.”

  4. I'm Neil Lennon (tamrabam) on

    One way to get folk back in the door at CP might be to reduce the season ticket cost. This of course would have an effect on the clubs income and that alone is not a wholly satisfactory result. A poster touched on it earlier, and suggested the solution might be to have standing only sections behind both goals. Of course some of the guys who are currently seated might give up their seat for a standing ticket instead, but at least there is a choice.


    The cost of the season ticket for the standing area perhaps costing about £300 (or 15 quid a game)


    I am guestimating that we currently have around 35,000 fans paying £500 each (17.5 million quid per season)


    It may be better to have 25,000 season ticket fans paying £500 each plus 15,000 paying £300 each (17 million quid per season) This model shows a modest increase of 5000 new fans paying only £300 per season, while the current model requires us to maintain the current fan base at £500 per season. That might happen but 60,000 vs barca and 30,000 vs St Johnstone tells a story. The celtic fans want to see our team regularly tested against high quality opposition. Adding Morton, raith and the Harry Wraggs to games against St Mirren and Killie hardly raises the tempo.


    We hear talk about league reconstruction which alas always means nothing more than changing the number of teams in the league. From a Celtic fans perspective this inevitable means diluting the quality of the opposition even further down than it already is today, hardly a recipe to have the fans flocking back is it?

  5. condolences at the passing of your father..may he rest in peace. Stray strong you will always hear his voice..HH

  6. Henriks Sombrero


    13:30 on


    16 November, 2012


    Peter Lawwell ‏@PeteLawwell


    AGM great success, I have been voted by the Celtic shareholders to continue my domination over Scottish football and society in general.




    LOL, unseen fenian handery fully endorsed

  7. .






    No l was Just commenting on Your posts with EDB..if was Later l thought l need to ask You Re; Pat..



    Me and Pat went everywhere together for a Few Year..I took him to His most of his Chemo treatment..But l got ill and ended up in Hospital..told the Family not to tell him..



    Did Your brother Joe come to Visit Pat..? about 8 yrs Ago..if he Did l knew Him well and met with Him in Clydebank when l was Home..?



    Small World..




  8. Henriks Sombrero



    Peter Lawwell ‏@PeteLawwell


    AGM great success, I have been voted by the Celtic shareholders to continue my domination over Scottish football and society in general.





    wonder how many sevco sites that will hit before the day is out….

  9. tomtheleedstim



    Supporting your football team is not a crime. They are not asking for info to help with enquiries they are finding out who is in the Green Brigade.

  10. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    The very thought that anyone could have the effrontery to parody the thoughts and inspirational words of our beloved chief executive sickens me to the pit of my stomach.

  11. ASonOfDan – I agree with you mate.


    Unless you’re a hun(not you personally) , in which case it is a crime against humanity.

  12. Hopefully a few will pop into the Celtic Superstore.



    THE first major international gymnastics event in the Emirates Arena has set a new Glasgow record.



    The 2012 Glasgow World Cup Gymnastics on December 8 has sold out, with almost 5000 people set to pack the venue.

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  14. Delighted to hear that John Keane has been made a life President of Celtic FC.



    The big man from Mayo is a true gent and deserves the honour.



    IB deserves a boycott of the strips until we can lose the joint sponsor with the cheats.

  15. Wenger used to say that the one thing you couldn’t teach and that he looked for in a player was pace



    Mind you watching matersacker and co sloping around the pitch at the moment you have to wonder what he was on about

  16. Dontbrattbakkinanger on

    ‘BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more


    than 170 countries’



    -if so then it’s amazin’ he finds the time to get wired into the sangria with ole Old Tim.

  17. Just in from the AGM.



    That was my first experience of seeing Ian Bankier in action and must say extremely disappointed.



    From his stumbling introduction of PL ( we have the greyer fatter version with us today ??? ), to his clumsy recognition of John Keanes contribution to the club to his condescending closing sentence –



    ” the board will look after the commercial and business aspects of the club you just behave yourselves over the next 12 months”.



    This ghuy better be an excellent corporate executive because his people skills are rank.

  18. I have heard that Celtic have Juan Agudelo training with us during the MLS close season break! Seems like another highly exciting prospect!!

  19. The latest incident with the sausage roll and a recent one where black pudding was used in a threatening manner just goes to show how much food crime is on the increase. It’s very worrying.



    How long before we hear the police shouting this in Govan?:




  20. Summa of Sammi….



    13:38 on 16 November, 2012





    Joe did indeed go out to see Big Pat.


    Small world, right enough.


    Amazing that the Big C got both of them.



    Let me know if you are ever back in Glasgow & will make a point of catching up with you for beer & nonsense talk, or whatever.



    Good Luck & good health.

  21. ” the board will look after the commercial and business aspects of the club you just behave yourselves over the next 12 months”.



    Please tell me thats been awe nawed!

  22. ernie lynch



    That is an excellent shirt and looked very good on Fifa 12. I’ve not yet used it on Fifa 13 but I think I will start wearing it now. ;)

  23. Dontbrattbakkinanger


    Visible food crime is just the tip of the iceberg lettuce.



    whats tomato with you?


    dont start sprouting that about.

  24. .






    My Accountant is a Bumbling Fool but when it Come to His Job he is a Bubbling Brilliant..






    He is a Australian Jewish Arsenal Supporter..:O)




  25. IB will not do as Chairman of our GREAT club I’m afraid!



    There is even some doubt that he is a Celtic supporter.



    Phil MacGB asked him at a press conference,shortly, after he became chairman, to name the first Celtic match he ever attended – he is still waiting for an answer.



    Get Rod Stewart in to do the job – he’s quite good with money, allegedly!

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