World Class Training Facilities
There’s only one team in Scotland would have the desire and capacity to take the entire group abroad to take advantage of the above. Only one club that could actually make that claim and carry through with it. Many would say that very same club should have invested in their own by now.
By all accounts the Dubai facilities are excellent, top of the line. I’ve seen a quarter million mentioned to hire them for that length of time with the trimmings, including award winning chefs at some of the eleven restaurants.
Climate watchers and those concerned with carbon footprints would be abhorred by chartered flights adding to the planets woes, while human rights watch groups would undoubtedly advocate against spending large amounts within a nation that repeatedly flaunts the rights of migrant workers for one.
As we have now discovered, it’s best for the group to do their form of relaxing away from prying eyes given everyone has a camera in their pocket these days.
This before the virus is taken into account.
I think it’s fair to say the annual Dubai jaunt should be cancelled, or will be called off limits anyway by government.
I also think that’s an incentive to finally sort out our own at home.
We were told at the ZoomGM we are a Champions League Club, yet here we are seeking to hire top level facilities, the travel to and forth possibly harmful to athletes anyway, along with contact risks.
How many Champions league Clubs don’t have top facilities would be the easier count I believe.
Us for a start.
The reason why is simple, because you can’t have one without the other.
To be a CL team consistently one needs proper training facilities that wont be left behind if the game moves on.
The Champions League is the elite, and elite teams don’t hire or be forced to travel seeking top notch in the industry, they design and build the best themselves.
It then becomes part of their calling card, an ace in the hole, a huge part of the lure of joining because the player is looking at improvement plain and simple.
A step up, a different gear, the big leagues, that’s what a Champions League teams training facilities should shout upon inspection.
Seeing how we hire others it seems not.
Within the last few years the support have been tantalized with tidbits regarding a hotel, a museum, and a Barrowfield rebuild incorporating a full size indoor training pitch with some supporter seating and facilities. This hybrid grass was to be fed by a new roof installed lighting system.
We had accumulated some forty million in the bank plus were owed transfer fees, add in the Adidas money and we looked well positioned to break ground on some of the above infrastructure projects
It was extremely frustrating having zero hint of where the savings would be spent, but if pushed most would have guessed funding the above somehow.
And then Covid hit.
I’m far from a numbers man but the next set of accounts holds a lot of interest given that I can’t see where we lose the absolute fortune some have predicted.
Full VST take up, mega take up on the admittedly eye catching Adidas line which may or may not meet bonus clauses, much less staff at the Park also supplies on hand, much less bills at the park given we can now turn the hot water off to the toilets plus no half time pies. On the transfers, given that KT brought in 25 and Brendan 9, all our poor buys were covered by incoming payments, the club actually released several stalwarts such as Jozo and Craig, Neil hired for much less wages than an England bound Brendan.
The TV money stayed the same of course, if anything viewing figures have ballooned during the pandemic.
Given the above, I would love to know why some feel we will lose a fortune this season.
I believe it’s very safe to say the clubs infrastructure will be seeing zero of the assembled piggy pig now given that many have already declared their intentions not to renew as usual. The numbers will vary sometimes by the hour, but I’m expecting a sizeable amount opt out this time with the aim of making a statement.
That will force the PLC to use the bank balance to finance the operation, the reserves dipped into and then sucked dry.
And so the next level training ground gets pushed to the bottom of the pile, back where we started, renting others nice gaff but boasting Champions League Club as if hiring a Ferrari qualifies you to bluster ‘Billionaire’ baby!
Some readers would question our entire reason for investing in next level training facilities, given the nature of the game up north, our current lack of interest in the modern science of the game, not to mention the MIBs could halt any attempt to play real proper flowing football.
I can sense a bit a chicken and egg argument here,,why build it if we dont use it,,build it and they will come,,repeat.
Truth is I believe youth should be the way, the nation produces cracking players, some considered good enough by Bayern, and that’s a huge compliment by the way. There’s a ton of Scottish talent scattered throughout England, a certain Villa player said to be bossing the league whilst our old left back is showing what desire really means plus how good value can be found in Alba.
In order to not only capture, but sufficiently nurture those talented bhoys we need the proper facilities around them. Done correctly it’s a money spinner, one that does take large initial startup capital but the skies the limit regards long term returns.
Either way, it’s a step into that modern world we all demand our club join.
Whether the Covid training trip forces us to reassess our travel plans remains to be seen, but hopefully it hammers home the fact we are best with our own camp full stop. Handing Dubai the guts of a million yearly doesn’t make good business sense in the current climate,,might be off the cards anyway.
For a club seeking a direction, maximizing potential through coaching at all levels not only makes sense but would keep the support excited,,it’s a path we would all get behind.
At some stage someone surely will make that leap and (again) set in place plans on that front.
World class training facilities must move from something we rent occasionally, to something we are proud to show off, the spine of our operation.
The regime that actually delivers it should get plaudits as after all, actions speak louder than words.
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Had a tough week …a big tree hit the back of my truck couple of nights ago in a wind storm
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7 large ladders completely destroyed
and a heavy duty rack in bed did in truck
Fuckin hell…that’s bad news! Does insurance cover it? Was the truck driveable?
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No insurance on equipment …drove to the dump and through them off about 3 grand worth … took it for estimate and one man said more than 10 grand so a write off …
Up to insurance companie now .
Can drive no problem it looks a bit bashed up but roof is destroyed …depending on water getting in could be an issue as tools can’t get wet
Is that John again
Jeezo Puff, that’s bad mate. How quick do the Insurance co’s usually work?
Give The Lottery Winners a listen on Spotify or whatever, they’ve got some no bad wee tunes!
Really enjoying them will be all over it tomorrow at work
Insurance will come back in a couple of weeks with they can fix or a low ball offer ..
Will not except for as long as it takes
This band are from Sheffield…sound very like the Artic Monkeys…
A few years back after picking the kids up from school at 3, I was heading home through the side streets when a car side-swiped me from out of nowhere, my car did a full circle and a half and crashed into a kerb before stopping. Nobody hurt but the driver of the other car looked deid when I got out of mine’s to go and have a word with him!!
Long, long, long story short the insurance took 9 months to settle!! He was insured with the same underwriters as me and they tried every trick in the book to shaft me!!! In the end up I got what I was meant to but it was a real stress. (I was arguing over about £3k they were refusing to pay out. I got in touch with a No Fault Claims compnay who supplied me with a brand new estate car at £80 a day plus VAT @20% for five and a half months! The car hirs alone cost the insurers £13,500 plus VAT).
Omg that’s so stupid
I’m in no rush …. As long as rain stays out …if it gets in then by October I would have to settle as November rain would be a big problem
Have you got another truck?
I have other vehicles but the truck is fine. ….looks pretty bad so not good for my image regarding work ..
So you look like Tim Hicks….
Sunday night at shuffles
This one’s for Auld Joe G, a well loved Granda, Da, Uncle and Celtic man. He passed yesterday and will be missed by a lot of people. RIP Joe…
Was nana around today
Tell me a wee bit about him
He’s my mate’s old man but my wife grew up with his family, they lived in the same flats in Craigbank, off Peat Road. A great fitba man who lived for the game and for his sons, grandsons and great grandsons to play the game and, hopefully play for the Glasgow Celtic! One of his grandsons played for Celtic Youth and made it to the first team, scoring in a pre-season friendly but it never worked out for him. But for auld Joe it was a source of great pride!! Joe sacrificed a lot for his family, not least the wee man who played for Celtic, Joe used to take him from the Southside of Glasgow to Lennoxtown 2 or 3 times a week as his son in law was working. Joe didn’t drive so he took the wee man by bus if he couldn’t get lift. Games or training, hail rain or shine, it didn’t matter to Joe, he did everything he could to get him there. But no only that, Joe was loved by all who knew him. He was a good guy!! He’ll be missed by many!
Nana was on earlier but he was havering a bit, so I think his missus probably sent him to bed early!! 🤣🤣🤣
A good sleep and he’ll be right as rain the morra!! 😉😁
Aww thats great story for a great man …in the end I think its important that you tried to be good and he certainly did ..hail hail Joe
Haha poor nana maybe he was on the cooking wine again .
How far from Ibrox did you live
HaHaHa…he got a bit of a hard time for it, too…then he went aff the radar!!
He’s a funny bhoy ..great company
Head out my front door, turn left and keep walking…2 miles down the road…Hunsville!
Do you arrive at the Celtic end or the hun end
I have been looking at apartments around Glasgow …some nice new stuff with good views of the river
I’ve not been to Ibrox for a game for years, I think the last game I was at Kevin Thomson score for them at the end of the first half, then challenged big Balde on the edge of our 18 yrd box and put himself out for months! It ended up 1-0 to them. God knows hw long ago that was!!