At the recent Masters event at Braehead I had the good fortune to catch up with Tom Boyd who was in good form after scoring against Rangers.
In the video interview he enjoys a joke or two about his scoring record, what life is like as a former Celtic player and his hopes of a championship winning new season with the side managed by two of his former team-mates Tony Mowbray and Peter Grant.
Whatever the occasion as a player Tom always made himself available to speak and is a natural in front of the cameras, or in this case mobile phone.
Watch the Tom Boyd Interview Video Here
Tom is always the perfect diplomat, in a decade of playing for Celtic he barely said a word out of place during turbulent times and as a former player he’s resisted the temptation to make a quick buck by becoming a rent-a-quote in times of ‘crisis’.
He’s got the inside track on virtually everything exciting that happened in over a decade at Celtic having played through the Lou Macari era, the takeover of the club, working under Fergus McCann and Jock Brown through to the trophy winning transformation under Martin O’Neill and serenely into retirement.
His enthusiasm and continued support for the club is obvious through his attendance at matches where he is often seen with his son, supporting the team just as he did before becoming a professional at Motherwell and Chelsea prior to signing for Celtic.
Tom is always good company, he’s always got lots to say and retains the competitive spirit as he demonstrated throughout the recent Masters tournament where he played virtually every minute along with Mark McNally as the only natural defenders in the squad.
Goalscoring was never one of his strengths, he justifies that in his interview, but he did find the net against Rangers in the Masters even though the shine was taken from that as Rangers battled back to draw 2-2.
The new approach of Tony Mowbray has been warmly welcomed by the Celtic support anticipating a new era of excitement back around the club with the emphasis on attacking football without compromising the necessity of winning matches and trophies.
Tom played alongside Mowbray and Peter Grant and is looking forward to the new season as much as any supporter but knows that there is only one acceptable criteria at Celtic.
It was a pleasure to speak to Tommy inbetween games at the Masters, after the interview Celtic beat Hearts to reach the final where they defeated Dundee United 3-2.
A nice circuit is developing for the former players who last season played exhibition games in Dublin, Cork and Tenerife and who start the new season shortly with a trip to the spiritual home of Celtic in Sligo.
Also see: the Masters Presentation Video.