Open Goal host, former Celtic player and general good guy Si Ferry has posted a fantastic throwback picture.
Ferry, whose interviews are wildly popular on YouTube, shared an image from a victorious 2005 Scottish Youth Cup win. Captioned “When you know ur heading straight to Karbon for zero get offs”, it was typical of the humour and fond nostalgia that the Peterhead midfielder brings to the Scottish football media landscape.
The photo comes from a day in which former Celtic academy player Jim O’Brien scored twice against St. Mirren [Herald]. The 2005 squad features some notable names, with a few making a name for themselves outside of Celtic Park.
With that in mind, let’s look at a few of Ferry’s 2005 team-mates and see where they are now.
Now 34, Icelandic striker Kjartan Finnbogason has had a decent career, primarily in Scandinavia. Capped 13 times for the Icelandic national team, Finnbogason made 7 Scottish Premiership appearances, none of which were for the Bhoys.
A loan spell at Falkirk led to a 4-year spell at his local side, KR Reykjavik, scoring 55 goals over 131 appearances [Transfermarkt]. He’s also played for Ferencvaros, Vejle Boldklub and AC Horsens (twice).
Currently at Esbjerg fK in Denmark’s second tier, the former Celtic striker has scored twice in four games.
Jim O’Brien was one of few in the 2005 Youth Cup-winning side to actually make a first-team appearance for Celtic.
In 2007, the Alexandria-born midfielder, who scored twice in the aforementioned final, featured against Gretna [BBC]. Unfortunately, it was his first and last competitive appearance for Celtic.
O’Brien moved on to Motherwell, before launching a nomadic career in earnest. The midfielder has taken in stints at Barnsley, Coventry City, Scunthorpe, Shrewsbury, Ross County and Bradford City.
This season, O’Brien has made 17 appearances for Notts County, who are 6th in the National League.
Charlie Mulgrew – so good, Celtic signed him twice
Now, this is more like it.
Charlie Mulgrew featured in that 2005 Youth Cup winning side. Unfortunately, Celtic decided not to keep him immediately after, with Wolves snapping the Scotsman up in 2006. Part of a deal to sign Lee Naylor [BBC], Mulgrew ironically ended up replacing the English left-back when he re-signed for the Bhoys in 2010.
After coming through the academy, Mulgrew became a fan-favourite later in his career. The versatile defender made 208 Celtic first-team appearances, and has been capped 44 times by Scotland, becoming captain in 2018 [Edinburgh Evening News]. He had a habit of scoring at Hampden, scoring in a League Cup semi-final, a Scottish Cup Semi-Final and a Scottish Cup Final.
A former Celtic Player of the Year and Scottish Player’s Player of the Year, it’s fair to say Mulgrew made up for lost time away from Paradise. A 5-time Scottish Premiership champion and set-piece specialist, Mulgrew is still playing at a decent level, for Fleetwood in the Sky Bet League One.
Scott Fox’s Celtic story is an altogether sadder one.
After breaking through the Celtic youth team, winning Youth Cup Finals in 2005 and 2006, much was expected of the Bellshill-born shot-stopper. However, once his contract ran out at Celtic, the club expected a development compensation fee from the next club he joined.
It turned a bit ugly, with Fox having to take his case to FIFA [Scotsman].
With the club stubbornly refusing to let Fox go for free, the goalkeeper spent six months without a club. Eventually, Fox was hunted by Queen of the South in 2010. He’s gone on to make 127 Premiership appearances and 150 Championship starts.
He’s currently at Motherwell, where he’d intended to provide competition for Trevor Carson [FourFourTwo]. Unfortunately, he’s out until May after rupturing his ACL in a freak training ground accident [Daily Record], but at 33 there’s still plenty of time for Fox to make an impact for the ‘Well.
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