Everton star Seamus Coleman admits he looks up to Celtic great
Everton and Republic of Ireland hero Seamus Coleman has stated that he looked up to Celtic great Pat Bonner after training with him at his local club.
Coleman is from the same area of Ireland as Pat was with both growing up in Donegal. There, Bonner would come and put on training sessions for the boys at St Catherine’s.
Coleman has never hid his affection for Celtic in the past. It was one of the first things he teased Nathan Patterson about after his move to Merseyside from Rangers back in January [Irish Mirror].
And now, the veteran right-back has revealed that Bonner is someone he looked up to as he rolled out the names of some Ireland greats.
As quoted by the Irish MIrror, Coleman said: “Damien Duff comes to mind, Richard Dunne, Robbie Keane, Shay Given – they were really, really powerful players for Ireland. Growing up, for me you would be looking at Roy Keane and how good he was for Ireland, how in certain games he carried them.
“Packie Bonner for us young lads growing up in Donegal, he gave up plenty of his time. He came to our local club St Catherine’s to put on training sessions. He was always very good with his time and we all remember the penalty save.
“Then there are some Irish who played before me that I can’t remember like John Giles and Liam Brady.”
Seamus Coleman holds admiration for Celtic great
There’s clearly a high level of respect there and no wonder. You can’t help but be impressed with what Bonner achieved both at club level and internationally.
Bonner spent as many as 19 years at Celtic, winning 12 pieces of silverware during his time in Scotland. He also reached several major tournaments with the Irish national team and is held in high esteem for his penalty shootout save against Romania during the 1990 World Cup.
There will be plenty of players in the Ireland squad these days that look up to Bonner. It’s likely a huge part of the season that he’s part of the FAI board.
Bonner has always been committed to the development of the Irish national team throughout his career. The fact he put on training sessions for the likes of Coleman back in Donegal says a lot about that commitment.
As for Coleman, it doesn’t look as if we’ll ever see him at Celtic Park as a player. Clearly a big fan of the club, at 33 years of age, it’s a move that would need to be on his agenda in the near future. You can’t see it happening under Ange, that’s for sure. Not with the players we currently have at our disposal.
Regardless, these are class remarks from the Everton man.