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Boruc & McManus will be missed, says Celtic's McGinn

Stephen McManus and Artur Boruc
McManus (left) and Boruc enjoyed success as Celtic team-mates

Celtic winger Niall McGinn believes both Artur Boruc and Stephen McManus will be greatly missed.

Polish international goalkeeper Boruc and Scotland defender McManus are close to tying up moves to Fiorentina and Middlesbrough respectively.

"Artur's a big personality," McGinn told BBC Scotland. "It's a big loss.

"Stephen McManus has gone down to Middlesbrough so I'm sure he's happy to get things done and dusted so that he can push on in his career as well."

Should Boruc complete his protracted switch to Italy, it would end a five-year spell in Scotland, during which time he won three championships and twice helped Celtic into the last 16 of the Champions League.

"He's been about for years and he's got a good name for himself at Celtic, he's a hero as a Celtic player and he's a player I looked up to even before I came to sign with Celtic," said McGinn.

"It's a big loss in the changing room but you've got to expect changes here and there."

Hopefully we can get the title back from Rangers and get through the Champions League qualifiers

Niall McGinn

Joe Ledley joined Celtic on Monday and McGinn is looking forward to lining up with the former Cardiff City midfielder.

"I watched him a few times last season, I saw the Championship play-off finals," McGinn said.

"He scored a goal and he did well. It's good to get big name players in and hopefully it can help us progress as a squad and get the title back this season."

McGinn, 22, is currently recovering from a broken metatarsal, for which he required surgery, and is hoping to get fit in time to take part in Neil Lennon's first full season in charge as Celtic manager.

"Lenny's been brilliant, he's brought a good buzz about the changing room," added the Northern Ireland international. "Training's been good.

Celtic winger Niall McGinn
McGinn broke into the Celtic team during last season

"Thankfully he showed a bit of faith in me last season to throw me in after the Scottish Cup semi-final. Lenny's been good to me since I've been here and hopefully I can get back as quickly as possible and keep impressing him. Hopefully I can play week in, week out.

"I don't think I'm that far away (from playing regularly). Last season was a bit of a learning curve for me, playing in Europe and getting the opportunity under (Lennon's predecessor) Tony Mowbray. I'm thankful for that opportunity.

"I think I had maybe 25 appearances and scored a few goals. That always helps your confidence. I just want to kick on and get back from this injury, 100% clear.

"The title's the main concern at the minute. Hopefully we can get that back from Rangers and get through the Champions League qualifiers.

"It's going to be a massive season. Last season was a big disappointment but hopefully we can start bringing titles back and get the fans back as well."



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see also
Boro complete capture of McManus
13 Jul 10 |  Middlesbrough
Boruc completes Fiorentina switch
15 Jul 10 |  Celtic
Celtic complete capture of Ledley
12 Jul 10 |  Celtic
Injury blow for Celtic's McGinn
18 May 10 |  Celtic


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