ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Celtic's American goalkeeper Dominic Cervi has been enjoying his time on loan to Greenock Morton.
With the first team goalkeeping position occupied by Fraser Forster as the Scottish giants continue to chase Scottish Premier League leaders Rangers, the Oklahoma native was not about to turn down the opportunity to get play time under his belt.
"It was a pretty quick turn around when my goalkeeping coach at Celtic pulled me aside and said I'd probably be going on loan that day," Cervi told YA. "Turns out at 3 o'clock I went to Celtic Park to meet [Grenock Morton coach] Allan Moore to sign the two month loan.
"I had no idea it was coming, but he said that he was at a recent bounce game against Rangers. I guess they had their eye on me for a couple of weeks and were finally able to see me play and decided to bring me on board.
Cervi went straight into the team to face Ayr United. With his first game for his new team being on the road, Cervi was forced to deal with more pressure than normal with the away fans berating him left and right. A role which he reveals, he actually enjoys.
"I remember thinking to myself late in the second half, 'This is a lot of fun'," remembered the American keeper. "We were defending with their fans at my back and they were pretty adamant on trying to make life hard for me."
"I've always enjoyed playing on the road as I like the added pressure that fans can provide. Thankfully we were able to hold on for a 1-0 win and I was thrilled to come in and get the [shut-out] in my first outing with Morton."
Even though Cervi is not playing for Celtic at the moment, he is keeping a close eye on the results. With the Hoops cutting Rangers' early season lead down, Cervi thinks that Celtic will give it their all before it's all said and done.
"You never know what can happen in this game," said Cervi. "It's great to see that in just a couple of weeks we've close the game to only four points. Our goal from day one has been to go out and win the league, and even when we were ten points back we had no reason to doubt that we couldn't turn it around.
"Obviously there's still plenty [of the season] left to be played, but we have a great team and we all believe that we will be at the top at the end of the year."
The stand in keeper will be looking to right some wrongs along with his fellow Morton players who have only picked up one point in their last three outings. Their next opponents Hamilton, who they will visit on Saturday, will provide the platform as both teams have an equal 19 points from their first 16 games.