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Friday 2 December 2016

'Psycho' keeper Artur Boruc talks up Poles

Artur Boruc
Artur Boruc

POLISH goalkeeper Artur Boruc - who was this week described as "that psychopath" by a former Celtic team-mate over a punch-up with Ireland star Aiden McGeady - believes that his national side can go very far if they are able to seal qualification for Euro 2016.

Poland top the Group D table with 11 points and they are likely to stay on top of the table throughout the summer as the Poles are expected to win at home to strugglers Georgia in Warsaw on Saturday (5pm).

Boruc, who played a large part in Bournemouth's success in winning promotion to the Premier League for next season, has played in a major finals with Poland without much success, Boruc part of the side which flopped at Euro 2008.

But he feels that the current panel under Adam Nawalka have more quality than in recent times and have a real chance of success.

wait

"We haver to wait a while, as qualification for Euro 2016 is only at the halfway stage," says Boruc.

"I really believe in this squad and I believe we can achieve a lot - getting out of our group at a major finals.

"But first we have to qualify. There are five games left so we will wait and see.

"But I think we have strong characters now. We had good players before, but I don't know, we didn't have success.

"But now we have some good 'me' players and I think you need players with an ego."

Boruc has a connection with Ireland as he made his international debut against Brian Kerr's Irish side back in 2004, and he hopes to win his 60th cap against Georgia on Saturday.

But it seems his relationship with ex-Celtic team-mate McGeady is not so strong.

Former Celtic man Mark Wilson this week told a story about a clash between Boruc and McGeady in the dressing room.

After an initial scrap, the pair were separated, but the Pole was not yet finished with the Scottish-born Irishman.

"Aiden was then sitting at his locker and Artur went over to him to say sorry," Wilson says.

"He held out his hand, Aiden went to shake it, and Artur whacked him. It was totally out of order, terrible, but that was the kind of fella Artur was. He was always on the edge. You didn't ever know what to say to him."

careful

So Poland coach Nawalka may need to be careful if he names is team for Saturday and Boruc is not in the side, as Lukasz Fabianski was preferred for the 1-1 draw with Ireland in March.

"I'm not good at being a reserve," Boruc warns.

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