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Cruel On Krul?

8 years ago
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I am not a person who has historically over criticised goalkeepers, maybe if I go back to the late 70s/early 80s I was vociferous from behind the Gallowgate goal toward Steve Hardwick, but mainly I let it go, despite having to put up with the comedy that was Mike Hooper, John Burridge et al.

Watching on Monday night I was given a bit of stick for being harsh on the current custodian of the goalkeeper’s jersey – Tim Krul

Now over the last season or two young Tim has developed into a fine keeper, rumour has it he has been courted by several clubs who regularly win silverware.

However, this season he has been not so impressive, he still pulls out the good saves (point blank v Hull), but overall he has been less than steady.

Against Everton I thought he should have stopped at least two of the goals, hence my being harsh, the third goal was a calamity on many levels, but he was alarmingly at fault.

Against Hull and Man City he was largely blameless for any of the goals but he has developed a habit of flapping at crosses – he nearly cost us against Villa.

I am actually of the opinion that Rob Elliott is almost his equal in a sort of Given v Harper way, and has never let us down and maybe he deserves a chance.

Fast forward 24 hours and Celtic are entertaining Barcelona (remember those days) in the Champions League and in goal for Celtic is our former keeper Fraser Forster.

Now it is many people’s opinion that there was little to choose between Krul and Forster but our management preferred the young Dutchman, as opposed to the local lad, and he was let go.

Was that the correct decision? Well we can draw our own conclusions but Fraser Forster was outstanding against Barcelona and one double save was reminiscent of the Jim Montgomery ‘wonder’ save from the 1973 FA Cup final – even though it was Sunderland it was astonishing!

We lined up v Everton without an Englishman in the team, let alone a local lad, just maybe we let him go without giving him a proper chance!

I digress, the fact is Tim Krul is not as consistent as he was and this need addressing, his confidence looks low, it may be a case of him lacking confidence in what’s in front of him.

I said earlier that maybe Rob Elliot should be given a chance but does this give Tim a chance to build his confidence in the reserves or shatter his confidence completely. It is Catch 22, but all I know is at the moment all is not good with Tim!

Am I being Cruel on Krul? I hope not.

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