Celtic supporters have been making a lot of noise throughout the international break after seeing their side secure an emphatic Scottish Premiership victory just prior to the two-week interruption.
Brendan Rodgers’ men went into their encounter with St Johnstone back on October 7 having beaten Aberdeen 1-0 in their preceding league game, albeit having lost 3-1 to Red Bull Salzburg a few days prior to their trip to McDiarmid Park. Yet the Bhoys produced arguably their best performance of the season to sweep aside Tommy Wright’s team 6-0, with four goals from James Forrest as well as strikes from Odsonne Edouard and Callum McGregor moving the Scottish giants up to third place in the Scottish Premiership table.
Thus, there have been many delighted Celtic fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have taken to Twitter recently reacting to a club post revolving around Artur Boruc’s Bhoys debut, with many calling for their side to re-sign the former Poland international.
And while it does appear as though the goalkeeping department at Parkhead could do with reinforcements, that man shouldn’t be 38-year-old Boruc, with luring him back to Celtic Park something of a step backwards from Rodgers and the club’s hierarchy.
Ultimately, one cannot knock the excellent spell the shot-stopper had at the Scottish heavyweights between 2005 and 2010, what with the Polish star appearing 221 times for the club in all competitions, helping them win three Scottish Premier League titles alongside two Scottish League Cups and a Scottish Cup triumph.
In fact, his fine form there earned him a move to Italian side Fiorentina and then subsequently a move to the Premier League with Southampton and now Bournemouth, so it’s fair to say that Boruc’s time at Celtic will be remembered as a fond one, and one that served both he and indeed the club well.
But things have moved on since then with Boruc now at the age of 38 and not the goalkeeper he once was, and while Rodgers may well be on the lookout for a shot-stopper, the Polish ace shouldn’t be his man.
Craig Gordon will turn 36 at the end of the year and one wonders just how much longer he has got left at the top level – bringing in 38-year-old Boruc would hardly be a nod to the future at a time whereby Celtic really need to think about the long-term given the resurgence of Steven Gerrard’s Rangers.
Yes, Boruc was a fan favourite and enjoyed a great spell at Parkhead earlier in his career, but he simply isn’t the same shot-stopper he was during his time at the club between 2005 and 2010, while at the age of 38 he’s not the long-term replacement for fellow aging star Gordon – a move would be more sentimental than sensible.
Thus, those Celtic fans calling for Boruc’s return are wrong to do so, as it would be a step backwards for a club that need to be looking forward in the coming years in their bid to continue succeeding domestically, but also start succeeding in Europe.
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