Strachan sticks with Boruc
Gordon Strachan has backed Artur Boruc by selecting him for the club's UEFA Champions League clash with Villarreal.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 09/12/08 6:00pm
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has backed under-fire goalkeeper Artur Boruc by selecting him for the club's UEFA Champions League clash with Villarreal.
Many have been calling for the Celtic boss to drop the Poland international after he allowed Hibernian's John Rankin to score from all of 45 yards on Sunday.
The mistake set Hibs on their way to securing a 2-0 win over the champions, ending the Bhoys' 12-match unbeaten run in the league in the process.
The error was not the first Boruc has made this season as he struggles to find his form of last season amid rumours of off-field problems.
Despite Boruc's latest blunder Strachan has decided to stick with the 28-year-old and was blunt in his response to the matter.
He said: "Artur is going to play tomorrow night and that's all I really want to say on the Artur Boruc subject."
It is not just his manager who has confidence in his ability. Celtic team-mate Scott McDonald insisted that the whole dressing room had faith in the stopper.
He said: "People can make what they want of Artur but we can see his qualities in training each day.
"I back him 100 per cent and I am delighted for him that he is going to play tomorrow and I'm sure he will have a good game.
"Everyone makes mistakes but it is more highlighted as a goalkeeper. Unfortunately for Artur and us at the weekend, that was the case.
"Everyone in the changing room is fully behind him and that will be shown tomorrow night.
"He's a top lad an honest professional and he held his hand up at the weekend and that's all you can really ask.
"Other people will always have a go at you and it's how you react to that. But he's a strong character as we all know so he will take it on the chin and get on with it."
Meanwhile, Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has given his backing to Strachan's decision to ban his players from Glasgow city centre at weekends after a number of incidents.
Lawwell said: "It is a real pity that the manager has been forced to impose these new rules.
"But given the series of events involving the attacks on our players in recent months he has been left with no choice.
"The players realise what is being introduced is a matter of common sense with the players' interests very much at heart."