Artur Boruc

Celtic hero Artur Boruc was born in Siedlce, Poland on 20 February 1980 (age 40).

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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The Celtic Blog · Jun 30

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The Celtic Star · Jun 30

Ex-Celt linked with an emotional return to boyhood club

The Celtic Star · Jun 29

Celtic linked with shock move for David Marshall should Forster deal fail

The Celtic Star · May 23

Video: The Holy Goalie’s 9IAR message

VideoCelts · May 23

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Celtic FC · May 12

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The Celtic Star · Apr 29

Lee Naylor reveals dressing room but-up between two Celtic fan favourites

Daily Record · Apr 27

Scott McDonald on his Celtic vs Rangers heroics and THAT Artur Boruc t-shirt

‘Hero’, ‘Absolute scenes’ – These Celtic fans rave about 65-cap ex-player after club post

Evening Times · Mar 14

Ex-Celtic star Artur Boruc self-isolating after suffering coronavirus-like symptoms

Transfer Tavern · Feb 20

‘My absolute hero’, ‘Loved him’ – Loads of Celtic fans purr over tribute to O** F*** icon

The Celtic Star · Feb 20

Happy Birthday to ‘Holy Goalie’ Artur Boruc

Scottish Cup · Feb 7

Clyde 2-1 Celtic | INCREDIBLE Scottish Cup Upset in Roy Keane’s debut | 2006

67HailHail · Jan 29

Boruc, Forster or Gordon: Who was the best Celtic goalkeeper?

Daily Record · Jan 16

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

Patryk Can Be ‘Golden Bhoy’

Read Celtic · Nov 21, 2019

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

Read Celtic · Nov 21, 2019

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

Transfer Tavern · Oct 18, 2019

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

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

67HailHail · Oct 17, 2019

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

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

The Celtic Star · Oct 15, 2019

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

Open Goal · Oct 14, 2019

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

Evening Times · Oct 14, 2019

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

Daily Record · Oct 14, 2019

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

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

Daily Mail · Aug 30, 2019

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

Sky Sports · Aug 30, 2019

‘Boruc visit to Ibrox not ideal’

Sports Mole · Aug 30, 2019

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

Daily Mail · Aug 30, 2019

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

67HailHail · Aug 30, 2019

Former Celtic comes under fire following recent antics

Scotzine · Aug 30, 2019

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

Inside Futbol · Aug 30, 2019

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

Football Scotland · Aug 30, 2019

Eddie Howe not impressed after Artur Boruc spotted with megaphone in Rangers vs Legia Warsaw crowd

Daily Record · Aug 30, 2019

Celtic hero Artur Boruc ‘facing Bournemouth axe’ over unsanctioned Rangers Europa League visit

Green Tinted Specs · Aug 29, 2019

Ex-Celtic goalie Artur Boruc on megaphone duty amid Ibrox chaos

The Sun · Aug 29, 2019

Celtic hero Artur Boruc leads Legia Warsaw chants with megaphone during Europa League clash with Rangers

Talking Baws · Aug 29, 2019

Artur Boruc Pictured Among Legia Warsaw Fans at Ibrox

Football Scotland · Aug 29, 2019

Celtic legend Artur Boruc spotted at Ibrox as former team Legia take on Rangers

Celts Are Here · Aug 29, 2019

Picture: Artur Boruc is at Ibrox and he has a Mega Phone

Evening Times · Aug 29, 2019

Ex-Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc pictured in with Legia Warsaw fans during Rangers clash

Herald Scotland · Aug 21, 2019

Legia boss Aleksandar Vuković could call on advice from Artur Boruc – but not ahead of Rangers Europa League clash

Daily Record · Aug 21, 2019

Rangers insight from Artur Boruc snubbed as Legia boss insists he’ll contact Celtic hero AFTER reaching group stage

Football Scotland · Aug 21, 2019

Celtic hero Artur Boruc’s Rangers opinion ‘would not be helpful’ says Legia Warsaw boss

The Dugout · Aug 21, 2019

Celtic legend ‘the Holy Goalie’ admits he loved the abuse from Rangers fans

Football Scotland · Aug 21, 2019

Celtic legend Artur Boruc admits he thrived on abuse from Rangers fans

Daily Record · Aug 21, 2019

Artur Boruc lifts lid on THAT Rangers blessing controversy as Celtic hero recalls hatred of O** F*** powderkeg

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