Douglas: Artur Boruc is in the loneliest place

Last updated : 12 January 2009 By Mikbhoy
The sight of Marc Crosas back in the hoops for the first time since October was one of the highlights of Saturday's Homecoming Scottish Cup game against Dundee. The young Spanish midfielder lasted an hour in the horrendous conditions at Celtic Park before being replaced by Barry Robson but he was happy to finally return to the side.

The hamstring injury he suffered at Inverness in October has been a frustrating one but Crosas hopes that it's firmly behind him and that he can now concentrate on securing a regular first-team berth with the champions in the business part of the season "It is not my decision, but I will be training hard for that." said the former Barcelona player who linked well with Scott Brown on his return "I was out for three months and it was difficult. Maybe it wasn't the best game in which to come back because of the weather. But I was happy to be back playing again and the team won, which is important."

Scott Brown seemed more able to get forward on Saturday and the hard-working midfielder's stunning goal was just reward for his performances of late according to his manager "Scott has become a big player and better player." said Gordon Strachan "He has come to understand the position better. But we must give him license to roam with the power that he has. Last week he broke into the corner, took the ball off Lee Wilkie and made a chance and we got a goal. He did the same thing against Dundee and tried to cut it back and then the ball came back to him. So he got his goal through hard work, and that is him."

Meanwhile former Celtic goalkeeper Robert Douglas sympathised with his opposite number as Artur Boruc's nightmare season continued with yet another high profile gaffe. "I have sympathy for Artur, without a doubt." said Rab "I wouldn't wish that on my worst enemy. It's horrible when you make a mistake. When an outfield player lets the ball under his foot then it's a throw-in, if Artur makes a mistake it's a goal. When you make a mistake when you play for Celtic or Rangers then it's the loneliest place."

Although he was at times outsanding for the Hoops Douglas made a few mistakes himself during his career at Celtic Park and the big keeper thinks it's best not to dwell on the blunders "But Artur is pretty strong-minded and he will be looking forward to the next game. He would be hoping that there would be a midweek game to get right back in to it." added Douglas "I've watched him save penalties against Manchester United and I'm sure he will pull Celtic out of a hole again in the future."

Defender Glenn Loovens was also back in the side for Saturday's game and despite the Holy Goalies latest faux pas he still thinks Boruc is one of the best stoppers around "It's important to have a keeper behind you that you know." said the Dutch centre back "Artur's had a few bad moments lately, but he's still a good goalkeeper."