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so farewell then...

stewart kerr

Stewart Kerr should be Celtic's number one right now. As a youngster he was capped at just about every age level for Scotland, he learned his trade at Parkhead under Irish legend Pat Bonner and was considered such a great prospect that Lou Macari sold Shay Given to Newcastle for a few quid because he knew Kerr was waiting in the wings. (Macari's knowledge of 'keepers was such that he also signed Carl Muggleton, but we'll gloss over that fact if you don't mind)

Where did it all go wrong for this lad?

Ironically, Kerr got his big chance at last under Tommy Burns when big Gordon Marshall finally dropped one clanger too many. But this was not the time to be promoted to Celtic's first team.

The Sieve was in full effect and the F word was soon to be on everybody's lips. Yes, Falkirk was the end for TB and the Bairns game also marked a serious downturn in the fortunes of Stewart Kerr. To be fair to him he was plagued by a series of injuries, but the signing of Bradford City's reserve goalie seemed to knock the stuffing out of him.

The fleeting glimpses of him we did get in the first team did him no favours. Confidence had gone to rat shit and his indecision often led to him making rash judgements. To put it another way, he made Carl Muggleton look like Lev Yashin.

At 27, and with a plethora of goalies signed since he's been at the club, it was obviously time for a move, not least because in a couple of years time he'd be due a testimonial!

A putative move to Chelsea a couple of years ago fell through, but now he appears to have the opportunity of first team football at Wigan Athletic in the English second division.

We hope he goes on from there to fulfil at least some of the promise he once showed.