Another pre-season fixture for Celtic confirmed

By Lewis Laird

June 10, 2022

Celtic have confirmed further plans for pre-season, with Ange Postecoglou’s squad set to take on Polish side Legia Warsaw.

The friendly match will take place in honour of former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who announced his departure from Legia Warsaw this summer.

After spending two separate spells with the Polish side, and five years with the Hoops, both teams have announced they will face off in a pre-season fixture on the 20th of July in Poland.

The ‘Holy Goalie’, as Boruc was known around Parkhead, was a very popular figure amongst the Celtic supporters during his time with the club between 2005-2010.

Joining under Gordon Strachan from Legia, the shot-stopper had some memorable moments between the sticks, which include penalty saves on European nights against Spartak Moscow and Manchester United.

Upon leaving Celtic, Boruc had spells in Italy and England before returning back to his home country, where he has spent his most prolonged period as a player.

Despite not having the most friendly of relationships in the past, after a controversial European tie between the two sides in 2014, reports in Poland suggested that a friendly match might be set up to honour the goalkeeper’s departure. And the two teams have now officially confirmed that the match would be part of the Hoops’ pre-season schedule next month.

Celtic captain Callum McGregor was the first to speak out about the fixture, paying tribute to Boruc after a brilliant career.

He said [Celtic FC]: “Artur is a huge character and was a massive part of Celtic for a number of years, performing brilliantly for the club domestically and in Europe and he will always be so highly regarded by everyone here.

“We are looking forward to playing our part in this tribute to Artur, something he richly deserves after such a long and successful career covering Legia Warsaw, Celtic and a number of other clubs.”

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Familiar faces set to return

Of course, this match will be all about Artur Boruc and his long, successful career as a goalkeeper. But he won’t be the only familiar face making a return.

Celtic defender Josip Juranovic will also be heading back to Poland to face off against his former side, who he joined the Bhoys from last summer.

It should prove to be a great occasion, for a fantastic goalkeeper, between the two sides he enjoyed his best spells with across his 24-year career.

Not only that, but it will also provide Ange Postecoglou with a valuable task in terms of preparation ahead of another busy campaign to come.

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