Celtic icon Artur Boruc discusses what he's going to do next after retirement

By David Walton

June 13, 2022

Former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc has admitted that he’s planning to take some time away from football as he looks forward to retirement.

Boruc will mark his final game for Legia against Celtic on July 20th in a farewell match for the former Hoops hero. Artur spent 5 years at Celtic between 2005 and 2010 before going on to play in Serie A and the EPL.

One of our greatest ever shot-stoppers, Boruc left Parkhead with 6 winner’s medals in a trophy-laden spell in Glasgow. He was also heralded at Parkhead for delivering in the Champions League too with stunning displays against the likes of AC Milan and Manchester United respectively.

WARSAW, POLAND – 2021/12/19: Artur Boruc of Legia in action during the Polish PKO Ekstraklasa League match between Legia Warszawa and Radomiak Radom at Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Legia Warsaw Municipal Stadium. (Final score; Legia Warszawa 0:3 Radomiak Radom). (Photo by Mikolaj Barbanell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

It had been reported in Poland that Artur could perhaps become a scout at Legia [Onet]. However, Boruc himself appears to have dismissed that idea as he stated he’s off for a break.

Speaking via Legia’s official website, Boruc said: “You have no idea how happy I am! I’m really going to stay away from football for the next few months. I want to live outside of it. I want to finally sit on the curb somewhere and have a beer. Once upon a time, without such a possibility, I mentioned that I imagine myself walking on a beach in Malibu or somewhere there. I hope it will be like that. Life is so beautiful that we can do whatever we want with it. And this is what I intend to do.

“I’m looking for myself a bit. I can’t quite define what I would like to do in my life. Aside from playing football, I never really thought about it. Everyone has hobbies, but these are often not things that we can take seriously. Undoubtedly, I would like to enter something that will excite me a little, and not only serve to earn money.

“Yesterday I read that Boruc could be in scouting. I don’t know where I could be a scout, probably in Warsaw bars, and scout where there is better beer. No, I would not like to be in football again.”

Never say never, but Artur Boruc looks set to leave football

Quite clearly, Artur comes across as though he’s simply had enough of being in the game. That travelling and enjoying some of the finer things in life is what’s motivating him at this stage.

He appears to scoff at the idea of being a scout whatsoever. And, clearly, the idea of becoming a manager isn’t at the forefront of his mind either.

If Boruc does indeed retire from football for good, the game would be losing a big character. It would’ve been intriguing to see what kind of a coach or manager the former Polish number 1 would’ve become. But there doesn’t appear to be much of a passion for it.

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But it’s also wise to never say never. After all, it’s unknown as to how Boruc will actually end up missing being involved at a football club. He’ll only know that for certain once he’s been away for a while and taken his mind off the game.

For now, however, the retiring shot-stopper appears to have his immediate plans already in his head. A prolonged break/holiday is on his mind as he puts an end to just under 25 years as a professional.

No doubt, the July 20th occasion in Poland is going to be a cracker.

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