Look to the Future
In this blogging game if you’re only going to focus on the negatives you’re a doom merchant plain and simple. And the simple fact is if we do have a complaint about some aspect of the club we don’t actually want it to exist and a trouble free Celtic world would be just fine by me .
So on that vein yesterday’s news that we are planning a major development of the youths training facilities up at Barrowfield was manna from heaven for this bhoy.
I have a dream of eleven homegrowns , again.
It’s done well for us in the past and when you sit down and think about it , it’s not unattainable at all . Bilbao are famous for it. In fact they only play homegrown although I have heard grumbles they stretch the boundaries of the word.
However this news can only be good news for those who would see such a feat . ?
If those in charge wished for a fanbase fully connected and behind the team then all homegrowns is the nirvana.
Our ultimate dream team for this new century.
Someone smart will go for it one day hopefully.
Imagine a team of all ours winning a trophy,,oohhhhh the tears would flow!
But then imagine one getting sold,, and “ your “ one at that ,,,ohhhh the tears would flow !
After a week that the club would best forget they got this good news out there whether timed deliberate or not ( fair enough you gotta play the game sometimes ) , and if there is any time for a signing or two it’s right about now to stem any negativity.
A bit of quality incoming would wipe the smirk off those enjoying any and all pain the club are feeling over a few sensitive issues ,, and give the faithful a boost that many could do with .
If you are wondering is it really needed think on this please,,
We often ponder what our big bank account is for. Well here we have an infrastructure upgrade that will benefit the club and community in the long run , and we can pay it all up front with no worries whatsoever about extra design touch ups or exotic features if there is such .
Splurge at will if you wish and get it perfect , not settle for what we can afford. Not many clubs up north could do that you know. Its here’s the budget , spend it how you will.
This is a great idea for some of that cash and I fully embrace it for one.
Next , the entire sport is focused on the next generation at the moment. Capturing future stars and honing them to perfection before hopefully unleashing them upon surprised victims is the current trend. We should be looking to maximise our status as the domestic giant and hoover up the cream of the crop between the two islands in my own view .
To do that you need to show them exemplary facilities ,, they will have seen run of the mill others and so will their dads who are no doubt by their sides for the journey and in their ear a lot.
Showing them the best training centre in the country is often a deal maker .
This could well pay for itself in the long run if utilised properly.
Those kids themselves. Imagine that tour ,, Celtic Park and the first team dressing rooms,, then Lennoxtown and all it fancy equipment that shows you’ve hit the bigtime.
When you rock over to Barrowfield on the next leg of that tour , to the place where you will spend most of your time,, how would you feel when it’s exactly as professional ,, also top grade equipment that will help you .
To put the kids on the same pedestal as the first teamers and show them from day one you can and do have the best that they can find , and it’s all geared to them and they are respected,,well that’s quite a boost.
That allied with a route into the first team squad,the starting eleven ,, a route we can show with around 5 – 8 homegrown in the first team squad can be a powerful weapon in our arsenal.
Could well be enough to sway many a fence sitting talent that fact.
Aside from the above however the simple fact is that we really should have a full size indoor pitch. It’s just common sense with the climate and for any curious souls that would support.
And the mentioned facilities ( grandstand and refreshments ) will only help entice some punters inside from the elements to savour the stars of tomorrow.
I was stunned we didn’t already an interior full size tbh. This is overdue.
There’s also the injury record that Lennoxtown “ owns “.
You wouldn’t get anyone admitting that’s any or all of the reason for this venture as that would need a scapegoat more than likely . We won’t know how much that came into play but if our record increases after this branch opening draw your own conclusions .
The Celtic Girls teams will also be based there . To be a trendsetter in equality would be fitting of our institution and I’m sure the young ladies that we churn out will do us proud in their Hoops.
So overall this announcement may well be worth its weight in gold and praised fully in years to come , and I must tip my hat and say fair play to those who have brought this to us.
It’s a worthy endeavor indeed and we can honestly say the future’s bright , the future’s green and white !
And oh , can we here at Sentinel Celts be the first to start the movement ,,,
Name it after Tommy Burns !
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