The Day Craig Moore Ran Away From Bobo Balde

Former Rangers winger Neil McCann appeared on the BBC Scotland football podcast today and told a tale of one occasion when Craig Moore threatened to take on Bobo Balde before running away down the tunnel.

Speaking to the podcast, McCann said: “Bobo Balde was unbelievable, what a strong guy he was. A great character for the team, maybe not with the board but I remember when you were facing him you knew you were going to have a difficult time. I had great one-on-one’s against him but the whole team at Celtic at that time were good.

“I remember an Old Firm game at Ibrox and big Oz, Craig Moore, he could handle himself, real aggressive and stuff… I think he went up and clattered Bobo Balde.

“I don’t know if they were picking each other up, I think Amo (Lorenzo Amoruso) would pick Balde up and Craig would pick the others up but there was a coming together and I remember Oz pointing the finger at Bobo and saying ‘We’ll see mate, we’ll see when we go up the tunnel’.”

A phony hard man, Moore bottled it when the interval arrived and swiftly ran down the tunnel, as McCann recalls: “Half time whistle blew and I’ve never seen big Oz move so quick. He’s running past me laughing, saying ‘is he coming Terry, is he coming’ and I couldn’t stop laughing because Bobo was after him.

“I think Celtic fans had a saying that ‘Bobo’s gonna get ye’ and I think if he had got his hands on Craig he would have ended him.

“What a monster of a guy to play against. If it kicks off in the tunnel you don’t want to be anywhere near the big man.”

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic as a young child during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. At the age of 19, I published my first Celtic book (Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support). Then, last year, I published my second book (Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events), which is sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores.

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