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I suggest that Ulster Unionist Deputy Leader, and my old schoolpal, Danny Kennedy, needs to lighten up.

He has criticised the Celtic FC goalkeeper – who revealed a ‘God bless the Pope’ T-shirt after a 3-2 win over Rangers at Parkhead! Danny spoke out after Poland international Artur Boruc, nicknamed the ‘Holy Goalie’ by Hoops fans, stripped off his jersey to show the T-shirt with the slogan!  I think it was a laugh and not to be taken seriously. Yes it probably does highlight the religious division between these two football teams but who is surprsied by that? I’m hoping that whenever Rangers beat Celtic next their goalkeeper will unveil a "God save the Queen" t-shirt and that Celtic fans will respond with equal good grace! 

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17 thoughts on “THE HOLY GOALIE!

  1. Couldnt disagree with you more.
    Boruc seems to go out of his way to try and antagonise, and stir up the sectarianism which surrounds the Rangers/Celtic matches. For someone in his position of influence to do that is disgraceful…and very dangerous.
    He can walk away and return to Poland when his contract is up, but some kid in Glasgow (or Belfast) will be stabbed or given a kicking.

    The SFA should ban him.

  2. Spot on David. It should be taken in jest. I think Iluvi should also take your advice and lighten up.
    Rangers/Celtic matches are no longer the sectarian cesspits they once were.
    What has a goalkeeper wearing a t-shirt saying ‘God bless the Pope’ to do with a kid getting stabbed.
    Iluvi are you so offended by this shirt you’ll go looking for the nearest catholic to stab?

  3. Can you imagine a Rangers player wearing a King Billy tee shirt in order to antagonise people?

  4. "Can you imagine a Rangers player wearing a King Billy tee shirt in order to antagonise people?"

    Or play an imaginary flute after scoring a goal? Heaven forfend!

    It was a bit juvenile from Artur. No doubt he is a good Polish Catholic but it was a silly act in the context of the Old Firm.

    It’s hardly a hanging offence though. David is right. We should all just relax.

  5. Does the pope really wind you up that much Nigel?
    The Pope is a popular present day figurehead as well as the Queen. For either team to wear a t-shirt like these as David suggest, is taken in jest, and the great majority of fans would see it as such.
    As for a King Billie shirt I don’t know.

  6. CiaranL,

    I take it you are from the ‘its all just a bit o’ craic’ school when it comes to sectarianism which emanates from Celtic/RoI quarters?

  7. The Pope might be popular with you,but you’ll find a few abuse victims would disagree with wearing a picture of Papa.

  8. Does Artur display his devotion and wear it every game, or is it just brought out for the special occasions when he’s playing the Orangies?

    Whatever his motivation, I’m not a RC, but isn’t considered a bit sacrilegious to mess about with t-shirts with the head of your church on it?

    Also it seems to becoming a bit of a regular occurence with both Celtic players and supporters; there was the incident last year when a supposedly pro-Palestinian protester ran onto the pitch when Rangers were playing an Israeli side. Curiously enough, He rejoiced in the name of Sean and saw the need to reveal a similar pontiff polo on being led off the pitch- just for the laugh like and the Gaza lads were reportedly very proud of him.

  9. Was Artur Boruc who is Polish, one of the last pope’s alter bohys?

    Funny how the msm namely the BBC did not carry the story, are they not permitted to report stories that show the sectarianism of Celtic FC?

  10. "I take it you are from the ‘its all just a bit o’ craic’ school when it comes to sectarianism which emanates from Celtic/RoI quarters?"

    No, I believe the worst days are behind both clubs and they have both made great efforts to ban the sectarianism that used to prevail at these games. I believe people like people like yourself that treat incidents like this trying to make a mountain out of a molehill are showing their own sectarian colours. By treating this as a nothing more than a joke and move on with your life, there are more important things to focus on then some goalie who wore a t-shirt saying "God bless the pope".

    "The Pope might be popular with you,but you’ll find a few abuse victims would disagree with wearing a picture of Papa."
    Nigel, I am a lapsed Catholic, and my outlook on religion is more closer to "My name is Earl" than the RC church lol. I am sure there are a few abuse victims that would take exception to this, but has any of the groups representing come out and condemned this man for wearing this t-shirt? How is you giving your opinion on a goalie wearing a t-shirt of the pontiff supporting the cause of victims groups?

  11. "Whatever his motivation, I’m not a RC, but isn’t considered a bit sacrilegious to mess about with t-shirts with the head of your church on it? "

    Paul W.
    So should we do away with all t-shirts with the Queen on them? Do you believe the Danish cartoons were sacrilegious?

    I could descend into whataboutery and list of incidents of Rangers sectarianism also. Do you believe the majority of Celtic fans care much about Palestine? Tha majority of both sets of fans are there for the love of the game.

    "Was Artur Boruc who is Polish, one of the last pope’s alter bohys?"

    Maybe he was Artur!!! Padantic Pat moment, it’s altar not alter.

    "Funny how the msm namely the BBC did not carry the story, are they not permitted to report stories that show the sectarianism of Celtic FC?"

    And I suppose they carry every incident of Rangers sectarianism??? They didn’t carry this story cause its a non-story!!! Was everyone you know so shocked and appalled by this behaviour that this was all they could talk about. Mountain out of a molehill. If you are more concerned about this story than about the sh*t that’s going down in Austria then you seriously need to take a look at your morals lad.

    With DV on this one, people need to lighten up on this and treat it as nothing more than a joke.

  12. So should we do away with all t-shirts with the Queen on them?

    Of course not, but I would rather football hooligans (be they players or fans) didn’t use them as a means to provoke their rivals, that’s the point.

    Do you believe the Danish cartoons were sacrilegious?

    Personally, as an atheist, no. If I were a Muslim I might think differently.

    I could descend into whataboutery and list of incidents of Rangers sectarianism also. Do you believe the majority of Celtic fans care much about Palestine?

    You haven’t read the article. Gallagher was as much a supporter of Palestinian cause as the author of this website is- it was his choice of t-shirt which was the main point of the link.

    Tha majority of both sets of fans are there for the love of the game.

    I know.
    But given the particular background and history of this fixture, we need idiots like Artur provoking the faithful (pun intended) like a hole in the head- there is nothing wrong or indeed sectarian, as you appear to be implying, with pointing that fact out

  13. Of course not, but I would rather football hooligans (be they players or fans) didn’t use them as a means to provoke their rivals, that’s the point.

    Point taken Paul

    Apologies I was pushed for time this morning and didn’t read the link you provided. Some fool of a young fella trying to act the man. There’s an ad for Tayto crips that sums it up well…."There’s always one!!!"

    On the last point, what Artur did, Do you believe it would have received a stronger reaction years ago than the effect it is having now? Surely its better to allow it and trivialise than blow it out of proportion.

    Anyway, you raised some good points Paul

  14. On the last point, what Artur did, Do you believe it would have received a stronger reaction years ago than the effect it is having now? Surely its better to allow it and trivialise than blow it out of proportion.

    He’s not malicious, he’s an idiot, but even idiots can cause events to v quickly spiral out of control, so I think he should be publicly reprimanded, told to behave himself in the future and we move on, no suspensions, no fines.

  15. This action doesn’t alter the high regard in which I hold Pope Benedict. I think it reflects appallingly on a team that I will always believe has absolutely no place in the United Kingdom.

    Just returned from a client holiday in Scotland. Alas, as the M8 was clogged going through Glasgow, I had to take the dual carriageway that runs adjacent to Celtic Park. One of my staff asked me why I was holding my nose as I passed.

    I think every Celtic fan should hold his/her nose…… under water for about 10 minutes.

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