Carl Muggleton – A Celtic goalkeeper whose reputation is misleading

Carl Muggleton was brought to the club by Lou Macari in 1994 from Leicester city. He wasn’t a big name by any means and was seen as more of a back up to Pat Bonner more than anything else.

Carl is often a figure of ridicule amongst the Celtic supporters but for what reason? Maybe it’s because he was signed in an era of uncertainty and mediocrity and was tagged alongside other names from that difficult time like Wayne Biggins.

Carl Muggleton was a decent shot stopper and had previous big game experience, he saved a penalty in the second division play off final for Leicester against Blackburn, but unfortunately finished in the losing side.

He started his Celtic career with great distinction and had six shut outs in his first six consecutive games, a then club record that stood for nearly a decade. It wasn’t all plain sailing after that though and like it was for the rest of his teammates it was a disappointment season.

He did win a trophy though in his time at the club and not a lot could claim that at Celtic back then. Ok it was only a pre-season tournament, the Hamilton Cup which was held in Canada in the summer of 1994. Celtic beat fellow Scottish teams Aberdeen and Hearts to win the trophy. Carl was the main man saving two penalty’s in the semi-final of the mini-tournament against Hearts.

His overall record of conceding 9 goals in 13 games is decent, considering he played in front of, let’s put it politely, not the best of defences.

Although Carl’s short spell wasn’t exactly a success, he doesn’t deserve the ‘flop’ tag. He was actually a decent enough goalkeeper. We had worse in his time at the club, Gordon Marshall for example.

He doesn’t deserve being the object of ridicule, he wasn’t the worst in an era when many mediocre players donned the Hoops. Far from it.

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An ordinary everyday Celtic supporters hailing and still residing in Govan in the shadows of the enemy. I’m a season ticket holder. I Witnessed my first Celtic game in 1988 and have attended when I can ever since. Growing up in the 90s I witnessed Celtic at their lowest, and now appreciate the historic success we enjoy today. I enjoy writing about this wonderful football club and hopefully will continue to do so. I’ve always been a keen writer and initially started this a hobby. My ambition is to one day become as good an author as my fellow Celtic Star colleagues.

1 Comment

  1. Jim O'Rourke on

    I totally agree with you on that, he was a decent goalie and our central defensive pair were often Brian O’Neil and mark McNally who weren’t bad players but lacked on the psychical side of the game especially playing against hately