Opinion: Celtic will be glad to see the back of Curtis Main

I noticed that St Mirren striker Curtis Main has decided to part company with the Paisley side and move on from Scottish football. Main was always a player that I hated coming up against as you knew he would give eveything he had, regardless of the venue, competition or indeed if his side were losing heavily in a game.

His work rate was second to none and he always made a nuisance of himself against us. Never shy in putting it about either, I was always cautious when our defence came face-to-face with the Englishman as he was a total warrior for his respective team. He had a wonderful ability to bully opposition parties and we were on the receiving end sometimes.

 Curtis Main of St Mirren scores his team’s second goal during the Celtic vs St Mirren Cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park on May 20, 2023  (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In one of our most recent fixtures against the former Buddy at Celtic Park towards the end of the season, Main was a particular pain in the backside for Carl Starfelt and ran the Swede ragged at times. If I recall correctly, the attacker was also quite good at the old gamesmanship too, falling to the deck repeatedly to win his side wrong free-kick calls from an only willing Scottish referee.

Joe Hart of Celtic is beaten by the shot of Curtis Main of St Mirren during the Celtic vs St Mirren Cinch Premiership match at Celtic Park on May 20, 2023 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The game ended 2-2 that day and Main was the scorer of both goals. It was a just reward for the effort he put in and nobody could decry him of that. I certainly won’t be sad he has departed from the Scottish Premiership and St Mirren are a far weaker force without him, that’s for certain.

He actually hit the post which denied him a hat-trick too!

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

1 Comment

  1. says more about out defenders than Main.. what chance do we have with Starfelt at the back if Main is running him in circles!