Former Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc has opened up on the moment he first blessed himself at Ibrox.

It’s one of the more memorable occurrences of his Celtic career. That’s incredibly despite the fact he secured three Scottish Premier League titles. He also managed iconic moments such as his penalty saves against Manchester United and Spartak Moscow respectively.

But Boruc’s rivalry with Rangers was one of the most controversial aspects of his time in Glasgow. The man known as “The Holy Goalie” by the Celtic fans certainly had his disagreements with the Ibrox support.

Artur Boruc certainly thrived on controversy against Rangers (Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

And speaking to Mundial Magazine, Boruc opened up on what went through his head during that day at Ibrox back in 2006.


“We went back to Ibrox and won 1–0, after it, the police cautioned me for blessing myself in front of the Rangers fans.

“I didn’t realise before I came to Celtic that there was a religious aspect to the rivalry, I didn’t expect it.


“It was just a routine that I had which I did before every half, which turned out to be a very annoying thing for the Rangers fans. But I did enjoy the relationship I had with the Rangers fans, to be honest, it kind of makes you feel alive, makes you feel like the things you’re doing makes them go insane. I did enjoy that.”

All part of Boruc’s character

The whole incident at Ibrox certainly never put Boruc off doing it again. He consistently chose to continue his ritual before Glasgow Derby matches, and why not?

Despite being cautioned by the police, it was clearly a misunderstanding. The Pole clearly didn’t understand just how over-the-top fans can go in this country.

Boruc is welcome back at Parkhead any time (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

But the one thing about King Artur was that he took it all in his stride. The controversy and mistakes he made were totally overshadowed by just how outstanding a goalkeeper he was.

Now plying his trade at Bournemouth, Boruc made over 200 appearances at Parkhead. He was the club’s outstanding number one during the three-in-a-row period under Gordon Strachan between 2006 and 2008.

His performance at the Hoops have made him an icon. And that won’t ever change.

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