30 Day Challenges… Day 30
“Your Favourite Player At This Time Last Year”
Well, since it was Lionel Messi last year just as it is this year, I’ll just alter this slightly to be my favourite Celtic player at this time last year.
Continuing yesterday’s theme, a player from Poland. Not just any player though – Artur is probably the best goalkeeper that Celtic have had in a generation. Okay, so he hadn’t exactly been on his top form in the latter couple of season, but he was still a cracking goalkeeper and one I would have back in an instant. Although, he did get substituted off against Rangers in a game we won, so that’s not a bad way to bow out. Especially since they hated him. I’ve mentioned the Champions flag at Ibrox incident in a previous post, but this is also a man who managed to piss off some sections of the Rangers support purely by blessing himself. Wow, you’d think Poland was a Catholic country or something…
All the side-show bits aside, Artur had some brilliant heroics during his time at Celtic. The big ones were in Europe. Saving penalties in a shoot-out against Spartak Moscow made sure that we won a shoot-out in Europe for the first time. Another penalty save from Louis Saha ensured that we beat Man United 1-0 and qualified from the group stages of the Champions League for the first time. Nakamura’s free kick is the moment that everyone remembers first about that game, but the save from Artur was just as important.
Artur left for Fiorentina in the summer. We knew he was going this time last year, but it was still disappointing. Fraser Forster has done a decent job in the 12 months since, but we still need to do something about that as he’s heading back to Newcastle now. Maybe we’ll get him permanently, maybe we’ll get someone else. But the “Holy Goalie” will always be fondly remembered by me and the rest of the Celtic support.