Gordon Strachan didn't want David Marshall to quit Celtic; player asked to leave club

By John Reid

November 14, 2020

Former Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has disclosed that he never wanted David Marshall to leave the Hoops, that the player asked for a transfer, the Daily Record reports.

Marshall has been in the news after his heroic penalty shoot-out performance against Serbia helped Scotland reach Euro 2020. Now Strachan has revealed more about Marshall’s exit from the club. At the same time he had a humorous dig at Hoops cult hero Artur Boruc.

“He was unfortunate”

“I’ve known Marsh since he was a young man. He had that wonderful game in Barcelona before I got to Celtic, and he was unfortunate that Artur Boruc came along and kept him out of the team” Strachan said, as quoted by the Daily Record.

“David went and asked for a transfer because he wanted to play which is right. I wanted him to stay at Celtic, he’d have been a lot less hassle than Artur, that’s for sure” he concluded.

As Strachan says, Marshall was a young Celtic legend after his great performance against Barcelona in 2004. However, he lost his place to Artur Boruc during Strachan’s time as Celtic boss. Marshall left the Hoops to join Norwich on loan in January 2007. He joined the Canaries on a permanent deal at the end of that season.

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Probably made the right decision to leave

Marshall was a good goalkeeper for the Hoops, but you can’t blame the player for wanting regular football. He has had a long career, and as a result he probably made the right decision in leaving Celtic.

David Marshall in action for Celtic / (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

As for Strachan’s comments about Boruc, you can’t really take those that seriously. Boruc was indeed a larger than life character, but he was such a good goalkeeper that he had to be Celtic’s first choice. He was a cult hero indeed, and was beloved of the Hoops support.

Marshall is probably the opposite of Boruc, but both players did well on the pitch which is the most important thing.

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