Si Ferry tells brilliant Luka Modric story from Celtic Wembley visit

By Hamish Carton

July 23, 2020

Former Celtic midfielder Si Ferry has spoken about the time when he angered Tony Mowbray by searching for Luka Modric’s shirt.

It was back in the summer of 2009, as Mowbray’s Hoops took on Tottenham Hotspur in the Wembley Cup.

The Celts won that match 2-0 through goals from Chris Killen and Georgios Samaras – but Mowbray was still far from pleased in the post-match team talk.

Celtic celebrate their Wembley Cup win (Photo by AMA/Corbis via Getty Images)

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“Modric was playing and he was a joke,” the Peterhead man said.

“I was saying to Paul McGowan on the bench, if I get on I’m getting Modric’s top.

“For 20 minutes I just kept asking Modric if I could get his top.

“After the game, we’d just won the Wembley Cup, and Mowbray’s full team talk was: “All I ever saw him do was running about asking Modric for his top.”

Celtic boss Tony Mowbray (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“Next week I was sent on loan to Swindon.”

Ferry did move to the English side in the summer of 2009 before making the move permanent a year later.

Ferry could only have met Modric in a friendly

Other than giving a snapshot into why he perhaps didn’t make it at Celtic under Mowbray, the tale also shows how farcical some friendly games can become.

Competitions like the Wembley Cup are the only places where players like Ferry would face off against the likes of the Real Madrid supremo.

Modric in action against Celtic (IAN KINGTON/AFP via Getty Images)

That 2009 summer of success is a neat reminder to the Celtic support that good pre-seasons don’t mean good league campaigns.

After losing two and drawing one of our three games so far this season, we’ll all be hoping that the opposite is true 11 years on from Wembley.