McGinn laments Boruc exit
Celtic's Niall McGinn admits he will be sorry to see goalkeeper Artur Boruc depart Parkhead for Fiorentina.
Last Updated: 13/07/10 9:36pm
Celtic winger Niall McGinn admits he will be sorry to see goalkeeper Artur Boruc depart Parkhead for Fiorentina.
Boruc is set to complete his move to the Serie A club once he has passed a medical after it was confirmed the Italian outfit has agreed a fee with Hoops.
The 30-year-old, who joined Celtic from Legia Warsaw five years ago, has been a colourful and controversial character at the club, notching up more than 200 appearances.
McGinn believes Hoops will lose a hero and role-model in Boruc, but acknowledges the club will push on without the fans' favourite, who had a year left on his current contract.
"It's a disappointment because he has been here for a few years and he has served the club well," said 22-year-old McGinn.
"He's a person someone like myself looks up to and he's a big hero with the fans so it's disappointing to see him going.
"He's a big player. He just goes about his own business and just gets on with things.
"Having a man like Artur around the squad is always good for the young boys like myself to look up to.
"But you've got to expect these changes in football and move on and push on and do the best for yourself."
It is as yet unknown whether Hoops boss Neil Lennon will launch a search for a new No.1, but McGinn believes Boruc's compatriot Lukasz Zaluska is a worthy contender for the jersey.
"He came in a few times last season and played in a run of games when Artur was out injured or whatever," added McGinn.
"I think Lukasz is more than good enough to come in and follow in his footsteps."
McGinn was also disappointed to lose former captain Stephen McManus to Middlesbrough following the veteran's loan stint at the Championship club last season.
"Stephen has gone and that's a big disappointment," added McGinn.
"He has gone down there and will have a good pre-season with them after having had a good six months at Middlesbrough.
"It's good that he will the chance to push on with his own career."