Artur Boruc

Celtic hero Artur Boruc was born in Siedlce, Poland on 20 February 1980 (age 39).

On 20 July 2005, Boruc signed with Scottish club Celtic. The deal was initially a year’s loan, with an option to make it permanent. The move was later made permanent, with Boruc penning a three-and-a-half-year contract on 17 October until 2009. On 5 January 2008, it was reported that Boruc had signed a new contract with Celtic set to keep him at the club until 2011.

Boruc made his debut for Celtic on 2 August 2005 when he replaced David Marshall for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League qualifier tie against Slovakian side Artmedia Bratislava. Celtic won 4–0, but having lost the first leg 5–0 still went out on aggregate. Boruc quickly established himself as first-choice keeper at Celtic, displaying a combination of outstanding shot-stopping, immense self-belief and, at times, outright arrogance. Indeed, gestures allegedly made by Boruc towards Rangers fans at Ibrox Stadium on 12 February 2006 later resulted in the player being cautioned by the police. In his first season, he made 40 appearances and kept 17 clean sheets. Boruc also added to his winner’s medals collection as Celtic won the Scottish Premier League and the Scottish League Cup, the latter after beating Dunfermline Athletic 3–0.

Boruc continued his fine form for Celtic the following season. On 21 November 2006, in a UEFA Champions League match against Manchester United at Celtic Park, Boruc helped Celtic through to the knockout stage of the competition by saving Louis Saha’s 89th-minute penalty. Indeed, Boruc succeeded in keeping a clean sheet in each of Celtic’s three home Champions League group stages games (Copenhagen 1–0, Benfica 3–0 and Manchester United 1–0). He was named player of the month for December 2006 in the Scottish Premier League, a very uncommon event for a goalkeeper. His form was also recognised with a nomination for the Scottish PFA Players’ Player of the Year award for 2007. The season culminated in more silverware for Boruc as Celtic retained their Scottish Premier League title and defeated Dunfermline 1–0 on 26 May 2007 to win the Scottish Cup.

The start of the 2007–08 season saw Celtic drawn against Russian side Spartak Moscow in the third qualifying round for the Champions League. The tie ended in a penalty shootout, with Boruc saving twice to ensure Celtic’s passage to the group stages. The season also saw Celtic complete a hat-trick of consecutive Scottish Premier League titles.

Boruc was fined an estimated £50,000 by Celtic in August 2008 for breaching the club’s drinking policy after a pre-season friendly in the Netherlands against Feyenoord.

Boruc endured a decline of form in the first half of season 2008–09 as he committed several goalkeeping errors, in particular against Rangers in a 2–4 defeat at Parkhead on 31 August 2008 where he was badly at fault for Rangers fourth goal, and against Hibernian at Easter Road on 7 December 2008, where John Rankin scored against him from 45 yards out, a goal Rankin later referred to as a “squiggler.” Despite this run of relatively poor performances, Boruc was one of 55 players (including five goalkeepers) shortlisted on 20 October 2008 for the FIFPro World XI Player Awards. Discipline, however, also became an issue again, with Boruc fined £500 by the Scottish Football Association (SFA) for gestures he made towards Rangers fans during the Old Firm game in August.

On 28 January 2009, Boruc converted a penalty for Celtic during the penalty shootout in the semi-final match of the League Cup against Dundee United, helping Celtic to an 11–10 win on penalties. Boruc picked up his last silverware at Celtic in the same tournament a couple of months later when Celtic defeated Rangers 2–0 after extra-time in the Scottish League Cup Final.

On 12 December 2009, Boruc made his 200th appearance for Celtic against Motherwell, which Celtic won 3–2. In April 2010, he won the Scottish Premier League save of the season award for a reflex save against Hibernian at Easter Road in August 2009.

On 4 May 2010, Boruc made the last appearance of his Celtic career in a 2–1 victory against Old Firm rivals Rangers, although he had to be substituted in the second half as he was unable to continue playing due to an injury he sustained to his hand in the pre-match warm up. This transpired to be a broken finger and ruled him out of the final league fixture of the season.

Artur Boruc in the news

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Daily Record · Jan 16

Patryk Klimala on his plans to contact Celtic hero Artur Boruc as he cracks Scott Brown joke

He’s well aware of the Polish stars who made their mark at the club but is determined to make a name for himself...

Patryk Can Be ‘Golden Bhoy’

PATRYK KLIMALA, who is poised to confirm his £3.5million switch to Celtic, is part of a Polish ‘Golden Generation’.

Read Celtic · Nov 21, 2019

‘One of the best moments of my life’ – These Celtic fans react to video of iconic Parkhead moment

A number of Celtic fans have reacted to a video of that free-kick Shunsuke Nakamura scored on this day against Manchester United in 2006...

Read Celtic · Nov 21, 2019

Former Man United ace reveals surprising Parkhead incident that left him “fuming”

Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha has revealed why he was “fuming” after Artur Boruc saved his penalty in Celtic’s famous 1-0 win over United.

Transfer Tavern · Oct 18, 2019

‘Penalty save’, ‘Got to be’ – These Celtic fans agree on their favourite memory of ex-goalkeeper

It was 14 years ago yesterday that Celtic completed the permanent signing of goalkeeper Artur Boruc (as per BBC), who had been on loan from Legia Warsaw since the summer of 2005...

Read Celtic · Oct 18, 2019

‘We don’t speak of that,’ ‘Horrible flashback’ – These Celtic fans are not happy as club post video on social media

Some Celtic fans have criticised the club’s Twitter account for reminding them of a season they would rather forget.

67HailHail · Oct 17, 2019

‘One happy memory’ – some Celtic fans get nostalgic over anniversary of cult hero’s signing

One of Celtic’s cult heroes of the past 20 years is undeniably former Hoops goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Read Celtic · Oct 17, 2019

‘One of the best I’ve seen,’ ‘Wish we had him back’ – These Celtic fans react as club Tweet about landmark moment

Many Celtic fans have been reminiscing about Artur Boruc’s time at Parkhead as the goalkeeper signed a permanent deal with the Hoops on this day in 2005.

The Celtic Star · Oct 15, 2019

The Holy Goalie’s Bridgeton Adventure plus his Best Bits playing for Celtic

In Paul Caddis’ ‘Open Goal’ interview with Si Ferry, the former-Celt described Artur Boruc as an “Unbelievable goalie”...

Open Goal · Oct 14, 2019

Si Ferry Meets. Paul Caddis | Celtic Upbringing, Start v Barca, Di Canio & Keeping Birmingham Up

Si’s former teammate, Paul Caddis sits down with us this week as they look back on some of the highlights and funniest moments from the full backs career so far.

Evening Times · Oct 14, 2019

Ex-Celtic star recalls mad-cap moment Artur Boruc strolled through Bridgeton alone minutes after O** F*** clash

Ex-Celtic defender Paul Caddis has recalled the bizarre moment Artur Boruc strolled through Bridgeton alone moments after he played for the Hoops in an O** F*** derby at Parkhead...

Daily Record · Oct 14, 2019

The time Celtic hero Artur Boruc sauntered through Rangers stronghold alone in wake of derby victory

Boruc run the gauntlet of the Rangers support in Bridgeton in the immediate aftermath of a 3-0 Parkhead win in 2005...

The Sun · Aug 31, 2019

Bournemouth team news vs Leicester: Boruc keeps place despite Eddie Howe fury at Celtic legend’s antics at Rangers vs Legia Warsaw

EDDIE HOWE did not drop Artur Boruc from his Bournemouth squad for the game with Leicester despite the goalkeeper’s unauthorised trip to watch Legia Warsaw.

Daily Mail · Aug 30, 2019

Artur Boruc to be DROPPED from Bournemouth squad after joining Legia Warsaw ultras at Rangers

Artur Boruc is set to be dropped from Bournemouth’s squad on Saturday after he was spotted among Legia Warsaw ultras at Rangers without Eddie Howe’s permission...

Sky Sports · Aug 30, 2019

‘Boruc visit to Ibrox not ideal’

Eddie Howe says he will hold talks with Bournemouth goalkeeper Artur Boruc after the ex-Celtic player was pictured among the away fans for Rangers’ Europa League meeting with Legia Warsaw...

Sports Mole · Aug 30, 2019

Eddie Howe to question Artur Boruc after being pictured in Legia Warsaw away end

The 39-year-old former Celtic keeper was photographed among the crowd at Ibrox...

Daily Mail · Aug 30, 2019

Eddie Howe to speak with Boruc after keeper watches Legia Warsaw take on Rangers in away end

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe admits he was not impressed to learn goalkeeper Artur Boruc had travelled north to Glasgow to cheer on Legia Warsaw against Rangers...

67HailHail · Aug 30, 2019

Former Celtic comes under fire following recent antics

Artur Boruc is reportedly in a bit of trouble with his employers Bournemouth after he travelled to Glasgow on Thursday.

Scotzine · Aug 30, 2019

Back Page Bulletin: Hoops Hero Faces Axe, Celtic Skipper ‘Raging’, Perth Boss Praises May, Hibs Could Strengthen

CELTIC hero Artur Boruc is heading for a confrontation with Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe after his unsanctioned visit to Ibrox to cheer on his former team Legia Warsaw against Rangers...

Inside Futbol · Aug 30, 2019

Not Ideal – Eddie Howe Comments On Former Celtic Star’s Ibrox Trip

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is less than amused about spotting Artur Boruc in the away end at Rangers...

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