"A club very close to me"; Artur Boruc speaks after Legia vs Celtic announcement

By David Walton

June 12, 2022

Artur Boruc has delivered his reaction after Legia announced their summer friendly match against Celtic.

The game is being billed as a farewell match to Artur who is set to retire at the end of the season. The Polish shot-stopper remains a cult hero at Celtic Park, with the friendly set-up for July 20th at Legia’s home ground.

Boruc made 194 appearances for the Hoops and was widely considered one of the best goalkeepers in Europe during his time in Glasgow.

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He’s been taking part in an interview with the official Legia media team and has given his instant reaction to the friendly news.

As quoted via Legia’s official website, Boruc said: “Exactly, a very accurate statement [when asked if there was no better match to close out his career]. I will play the last game in my career in the colors of Legia against Celtic, whom I also support in some way – it is a club very close to me, where I spent great years. 

“Such a match is a very nice initiative on the part of Legia, a really good ending to my adventure. It is a pity that this is only the first goodbye of a footballer on such a sublime level. 

“In any case, I am very happy with this match and I am also happy to think that perhaps such an event will initiate another one, and that farewell events in this style will accompany us all more often.”

Artur Boruc looking forward to Legia vs Celtic this summer

Boruc was always a player you could rely on to deliver big moments. Whether it was domestically or in the Champions League, he was absolutely vital to our success during the Gordon Strachan years.

He would particularly shine on the European stage with stunning performances against the likes of AC Milan and Manchester United respectively. Artur was a goalkeeper of the highest level, and it’s fair to say we got him at his top-level during his time here.

You feel Artur could’ve jumped ship at any point. Such was his reputation that interested parties were undoubtedly stacking up for him. But he stayed loyal to the Hoops before his 2010 departure to Fiorentina.

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There will be an element of strangeness to the match given we’ll actually be coming up against Artur. It’s the first time we’ll face off against him since his departure.

But it’s an important game for the player and indeed both clubs. It’ll be fantastic to be able to honour Boruc’s career with what will undoubtedly be a special occasion.

The game will mark Celtic’s first return to Legia since their 2014 Champions League tie under Ronny Deila.

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