Artur Boruc

Read all the news about Celtic hero Artur Boruc. 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.

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Artur Boruc in Rangers vow as Celtic hero plans Legia Warsaw Ibrox party

The Polish keeper knows all about Rangers during his time as the Hoops’ No.1 and is eyeing a return to Glasgow...

Into Football · May 22

A Celtic State of Mind’s Cult Hero XI – Second Central-Midfielder

ACSOM’s Cult Hero XI has caused quite a stir since it was launched last week What is a cult hero, anyway? That seems to be an entire debate in itself.

Into Football · May 22

“Hopefully the next Artur Boruc” – Many Celtic fans react as teenager pens fresh terms

Celtic fans react as young goalkeeper Vincent Angelini signs his first professional contract with the Scottish giants...

Ex Celtic keeper Artur Boruc signs new one year deal at Bournemouth

Continue reading “Ex Celtic keeper Artur Boruc signs new one year deal at Bournemouth” on Football Scotland.

VideoCelts · Apr 25

Legendary striker set for final place on the bench at Celtic Park

That one moment of glory came in May 2007 when he sclaffed a shot under Artur Boruc at Ibrox with the Polish keeper leaving the pitch with a CHAMPIONS flag to cover up his embarrassment...

VideoCelts · Apr 25

Artur Boruc | Holy Goalie | Celtic Fc

Keith from cmon the hoops celtic talking about the Artur boruc his favourite celtic keeper...

Celts Are Here · Feb 12

Ex-Celtic Hero Confirms Ibrox Police Incident

ARTUR BORUC spoke to Mundial about his time at Celtic and he again brought up and confirmed an incident that still doesn’t sit well with us to this day.

Celts Are Here · Feb 12
BT Sport · Nov 21, 2018

Celtic 1-0 Man Utd (2006) | One of the great Champions League nights in Paradise

Celtic beat Manchester United thanks to a stunning Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick and an Artur Boruc save from the penalty spot, as the Bhoys booked a place in the last 16 of the Champions League...

BT Sport · Nov 21, 2018
Celts Are Here · Nov 8, 2018

Artur Boruc Confirms Ibrox ‘Police Caution’ for Blessing Himself

Speaking to MundialMag, the former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc lifted the lid on his time in Scotland and made the astonishing admission he was once ‘cautioned’ by a police officer for blessing himself at Ibrox – let that sink in...

Celts Are Here · Nov 8, 2018
BALLS.ie · Jul 24, 2018

Ex-Celtic Player Reveals Aiden McGeady And Artur Boruc Despised Each Other

Former Celtic player Barry Robson revealed the remarkably fractious relationship between Artur Boruc and Aiden McGeady at the club...

BALLS.ie · Jul 24, 2018
Transfer Tavern · Oct 18, 2018

‘Gonnae sign him again’ – Loads of Celtic fans want this fan favourite back at Parkhead

Celtic took to Twitter yesterday to tweet that it was 13 years to the day since Artur Boruc signed for the club on a permanent deal, and a lot of fans have been calling for the 38-year-old to return...

Transfer Tavern · Oct 18, 2018
Irish Daily Mirror · Jul 25, 2018

Aiden McGeady and Artur Boruc hated each other, claims former Celtic teammate Barry Robson

Continue reading “Aiden McGeady and Artur Boruc hated each other, claims former Celtic teammate Barry Robson” on Irish Daily Mirror.

Irish Daily Mirror · Jul 25, 2018
Inside Futbol · Apr 25, 2018

Artur Boruc Could Have Been World’s Best Goalkeeper Feels Former Celtic Boss

Gordon Strachan has revealed he thinks former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc could have been the best custodian in the world...

Inside Futbol · Apr 25, 2018
Talking Baws · May 8, 2018

Video: Stephen McManus Tells Funny Story of How Artur Boruc Celebrated Manchester United Win

Stephen McManus has told the funny story of how Artur Boruc celebrated Celtic’s famous Champions League win over Manchester United back in 2006...

Talking Baws · May 8, 2018
HITC · Feb 21, 2018

38-year-old shares what surprised him at Celtic; comments on Rangers fans

Legendary Celtic keeper Artur Boruc had many tussles with Ibrox side Glasgow Rangers during his stay in the Scottish Premiership...

HITC · Feb 21, 2018
Daily Record · Feb 21, 2018

Artur Boruc says winding up Rangers fans made him feel ‘alive’ at Celtic

Celtic icon Boruc endured a number of run-ins with the Rangers support during his five years in Scotland but said it brought the best out of him...

Daily Record · Feb 21, 2018
VideoCelts · Nov 8, 2018

Artur Boruc reveals that he got cautioned by Strathclyde Police at Ibrox for blessing

Later that season, we went back to Ibrox and won 1–0, after it, the police cautioned me for blessing myself in front of the Rangers fans...

VideoCelts · Nov 8, 2018
Talking Baws · Feb 21, 2018

Artur Boruc Says He Enjoyed His Relationship with Rangers Supporters

Former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc has claimed he rather enjoyed his relationship with Rangers supporters during his time at Parkhead...

Talking Baws · Feb 21, 2018
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