Arthur Boruc certainly wasn’t a Celtic supporter when Gordon Strachan signed him on loan in the summer of 2005- five years later he left as a confirmed fan and cult hero among the supporters he left behind. Arthur got it.
Very quickly he discovered the dynamics of football in the city, if he ever doubted what mattered to people he quickly discovered the unique ways of Glasgow when he played at Ibrox.
? Artur Boruc: “I don’t have to like anybody – and I don’t. I don’t like them, I don’t like the club and I don’t like the players – end of story.” pic.twitter.com/VbDe7LDfBN
— celticbible (@celticbible) October 12, 2020
Aside from the usual level of abuse Boruc was picked out for a gesture that barely any other set of supporters gets upset by- he made the Sign of the Cross.
Such was the uproar at the gesture that the keeper was cautioned by Strathclyde Police in August 2006, another sign of the ‘special’ factors in Scottish football and society.
Boruc refused to change his ways, players across the world make the Sign of the Cross in virtually every match and he wasn’t for budging.
Two years later after a Derby Day win at Celtic Park he took off his yellow goalkeepers top to reveal a T-shirt in honour of Pope John Paul II.
Almost a decade after leaving Celtic Boruc did return to Ibrox- sitting among the Legia Warsaw fans for a Europa League qualifying match while a player at Bournemouth. This summer he returned to Poland to join Legia- the club he left for Celtic 15 years earlier.
Can I have 11 artur Boruc in the next transfer window or at least the holy ghoalie on the back room staff. Give them players a rocket
— Harry Bhoy 81 (@HarryBhoy81) October 12, 2020
Arthur had man admirable traits, honesty being right up there with the best of them ?
— Ryan O’Neill (@t9rmo) October 12, 2020
Great words from the Holy goaly ???
— mh (@62_mh) October 12, 2020
Couldn’t have put it better myself ???
— SevilleSurvivor03 (@SSurvivor03) October 12, 2020
Beautifully put Artur Beautiful HH
— Kevin Gallacher (@KevinGallache20) October 12, 2020