Leicester City 0-0 Celtic

Last updated : 20 July 2005 By Kevin Smith
Celtic 's second pre-season friendly of the season ended in another 0-0 draw tonight, this time against Leicester City at the Walkers Stadium. Once again it was a poor performance from Celts and it really is quite baffling how a team with at least five quality strikers have failed to score any goals in two games against lesser quality opposition.

One shining light from tonight's match was new goalkeeper Artur Boruc, who produced a wonderful penalty save after only two minutes gone. David Marshall had previusly been named as Gordon Strachan's first choice 'keeper, but if Boruc continues to put in performances like tonight's, there will be no competition at all.

It was another scrappy match with little chances to report, but Leicester were by far the better side. Boruc was undoubtedly Celtic's best man on the night, and he produced a performance which the Celtic supporters clearly appreciated, with us having so much trouble with goalkeepers recently.

Youngster Gary Irvine was taken off shortly into the game and Craig Beattie was forced to fill in at right-back.

Bobo Balde embarrassed himself and the club tonight, by committing a horrible challenge of James Wesolowski. It has now been confirmed that the Leicester youngster's leg has been broken. A terrbile challenge by Balde in what was supposed to be a friendly match.

Jeremie Aliadiare was the next glimmer of hope we showed, and his pace is certainly going to cause problems this season.

However, if the defence do not get their act together, we are going to have some serious problems once again. If it weren't for Artur Boruc tonight, we could have been on the end of a humiliating scoreline, as Balde and Varga once again performed like two complete strangers to each other. This was what caused us alot of unnecessary moments of panic, and the way things are going, looks to be happening again this term.

On the upside, it was only a friendly and is only this team's second game together. A positive is the two clean sheets which we have unbelievably kept, and I have no doubts whatsoever that the goals will eventually come.

They can start against Sporting Lisbon at Celtic Park on Thursday.

Celtic: Boruc, Irvine (Beattie), Balde, Varga, Camara, Petrov, Lennon, Sutton, McGeady (Wallace), Hartson (Aliadiere), Zurawski

Come On The Hoops Man Of The Match: Artur Boruc

Come On The Hoops Moment To Remember: Once again, the travelling Celtic supporters in full voice

Come On The Hoops Moment To Forget: The overall Celtic performance