Celtic hero Artur Boruc seals title glory at 41

By Euan Davidson

April 29, 2021

Artur Boruc, Celtic’s ‘Holy Goalie’, has won another league title.

At 41 years of age, even for a goalkeeper, Boruc has established a surprisingly lengthy career. A controversial character at Celtic Park, Boruc spent five years with the club. He won 3 league titles, 2 Scottish Cups and a League Cup during his time as the undisputed choice between the sticks.

Since then, his career took a more nomadic turn, with spells at Fiorentina, Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth and Southampton before returning to his first club. In 2019, he got in trouble with Howe for travelling up to Ibrox to watch Legia take on Rangers [BBC].

Back at his first love, you’d have thought the 41 year old might be a back-up option. Not so; in 24 league outings, Boruc only conceded 21, with 11 clean sheets [Transfermarkt]. He also kept two European clean sheets this season, in Champions League Qualifying and in the Europa League.

He’s still got it, does the Holy Goalie.

In the end, Legia Warsaw were comfortable league winners [Soccerstats]. A 9-point gulf between themselves and second-placed Raków Częstochowa was enough to secure Boruc’s second Ekstraklasa. His first was in the 01-02 season, which shows just how long Boruc has been a first-class shot-stopper.

Artur Boruc celebrates with his team-mates / (Photo by Mateusz Slodkowski/DeFodi Images via Getty Images)

Could Celtic come back in for Boruc?

It seems incredibly unlikely, but it’s not impossible.

Eddie Howe has a good relationship with Boruc, having coached him at Bournemouth. The ex-Cherries boss heralded Boruc as one of the better stoppers in football, saying [BBC]:

“When he’s on top form, I think you’d struggle to find a better goalkeeper.”

“You need one who is making saves and winning you points and I think Artur has done that in recent weeks.”

At 41, of course, there’s a major stumbling block there. But the 65-cap Pole has served as a back-up goalkeeper before, and would provide reliable insurance for any team, despite his years. What’s far more likely, though, is that Boruc has found his home comforts. A more feasible scenario is Boruc signing an extension at Legia Warsaw, and building on the success of this season.

Could he be lured back to Glasgow if Eddie Howe was in charge? Don’t count on it, and it’d be difficult to promise the Holy Goalie regular game time, too.

Still, a league winner at 41. It’s an incredible achievement.

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