It might be a time since Paddy McCourt pulled on the Hoops for Celtic competitively but he is still an advocate for everything positive about Celtic, he is still a fan favourite too. There is also a lot of positives coming from Celtic Park for the past few seasons.
I was just thinking the other day how blessed Celtic have been with goalkeepers for the last decade. The Derry Pele has managed to look beyond the keepers themselves and pinpointed Celtic goalkeeper coach Stevie Woods.
When you think of some of the transformations that goalkeepers have made while playing at Celtic Park over the past few years, Woods has to have two hands all over it. If we think of the three keepers currently at Celtic and were they came from it probably gives a better indicator of the coaching staffs achievements.
Craig Gordon’s career was in the wilderness at one point and looked all but over until he came to Celtic and suddenly found some of the old form that caused Sunderland to fork out massive money for him. It was not long before Gordon managed to make himself the No.1 choice between the sticks at Paradise.
Scott Bain went from a loan player at Dundee to Celtic’s number one keeper for the most part of last season. Bain looked undroppable at one point until an injury forced Neil Lennon to go out and bring Fraser Forster back to Celtic in the summer.
We don’t have to big up big Fraser’s performances over the past few months, but he came from the same wilderness as Craig Gordon. Frozen out at Southhampton for over a year his career looked like it was in the toilet. He is only back at Celtic a few months and all of a sudden he has a £20m price tag around his neck. Celtic fans want him back for good but it is hard to think Celtic will be the only club looking for The Walls signature.
Paddy McCourt, spot on.
Stevie Woods has to be best goalkeeping coach in the business, look at how he has either improved or if needed rejuvenated (sometimes both) every goalkeeper he’s worked with over the years . He’s an exceptional person also which I’m sure helps ⚽️🍀. #unsunghero
— Paddy McCourt (@PaddyMcCourt15) December 13, 2019