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.
Do ours?
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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McCaff

Yeah, there’s some really nice stuff about at the moment. Prices are rising though. If you.ve been looking at riverside apts/houses theres a new estate at Braehead/Ferry Village. That’s in Renfrew and central for everything with good motorway links. The drawback is Renfrew is a Hun Royal Burgh though…and I live here!!
There’s a lot of properties on the North side of the river have been affected by a flammable cladding issue after a block of flats burnt down in London (Grenfell). There’s problems with insurances and renewal costs as the builders haven’t got liability. It seems it’s gonna be a huge problem in the future.

Puff puff

The last time I was in ibrox wee beat them 2-1 new years game
I think we missed a penalty ..they scored1-0 half time
Then that wee shit scored and Frank McG set up another ..

McCaff

McCaff

That was the days before he was a wee shit tho!

Puff puff

Yes

Puff puff

What I remember about that game , I was in the enclosure front of the main stand
And at half time a lady from the director box was giving the us big licks ..and all of a sudden hundreds of pound coins skelping her

McCaff

I remember the day he signed for the Huns… I was working in Wishaw at the time, fuck me I couldn’t believe he’d done THAT!! But I was working with a hun at the time and he was laughing at the Tims in the work!! It killed me!! Then, the next day…after speaking to his mates after work…came in to work and said he was giving up his season ticket cos they shouldnae be signing Feckin Fenians!!

McCaff

I was only ever in the front enclosure once and I can’t remember the score. Late 80s with the Wishaw Emerald bus. We were near enough the front to avoid the feckers throwing drinks/pissing over the balcony. I loved going to Ibrox but it was the most intimidating stadium I’ve been in! When they blasted out Simply The Best as the teams ran out you could not hear yourself think, it must be the same for teams coming to Parkheid but obviously I don’t know what that sounds like!

Puff puff

End of game I bumped in to a old friend Paul a Glasgow bus driver …great Tim
So me and his brother sang the have you seen a handsome hun sung for about30 minutes straight … Until a cop showed up and said there’s no one in the stadium can you leave please or your getting lifted

Puff puff

Its five in the morning man you should sleep

McCaff

HeeHeeHee…I love shit like that!!….It reminds me of when we won the Scottish Cup with Tommy Burns and Big Pierre in ’95. We went into Shawlands after the game, tried to get into Herraghty’s but it was absolutely STOWED!! We were waiting outside, 5 of us, one in one out was in force but nobody was leaving, everyone was having too much fun!! Anyhoo, the pub is next to a close and a burd comes down the stair of the close and leaves….and the door of the close slowly closes. I grabbed the close door and we got into the pub through the fire exit in the close! Just as we get in one of the barmen shouts at us ” Do us a favour mate, shut that fuckin door there’s guys coming in that way!” HeeHee nae bother mate, I’ll get that!!!
What a brilliant night we had!!

Puff puff

Brilliant

McCaff

Aye bedtime soon, I’m near the end of a beer!!

Puff puff

That was the first Celtic game showing in north America live

Puff puff

There had been games shown the year before but they originated fro the Huns feed

McCaff

Really!! That’s hard to believe!!

Puff puff

My brother who is a season ticket holder like yourself .. After that used to call me every2 week to give me a run down of games

Puff puff

I saw every game since the give or take

McCaff

Does your bro still go to games?

Puff puff

Every game

Puff puff

Him and 2 dodgy criminals gangster from the Milton …I’m sure you have heard of them

McCaff

Where does he sit

Puff puff

My sister and brother in law both have season tickets

McCaff

HaHaHa…they might’ve heard of me…as my Da used to say “Everybody knows yer Da, son!” 🤣🤣🤣

Puff puff

Super north stand I think its called … I still call it the jungle

Puff puff

Upper

McCaff

They might call it Super, I call it Upper!!

McCaff

beat me to it!

Puff puff

Its no good when your picture is in the paper

Puff puff

Get so sleep … Great night tonight sleep well man

McCaff

HaHaHa!! I suppose it depends what for and what your face looks like!!!

Puff puff

To old for me wee man

Abdul

No you are the wee man You are only 4 foot 5. You insult me by saying Wee Man but it is you are the wee man.

Puff puff

Aww right big man

Puff puff

4″9 ya disrespectful Bastard

Paula Abdul

Puff puff

Paula no bad …. No a bad wee dancer anaw

Paula Abdul

No it is you who disrespects I am 9 foot 4, I look down on you. You are the wee man you must respect me!! I demand respect. I need respect or I’ll scream and scream and scream……..

McCaff

Whoa Puff, are you getting into fights again!!

Puff puff

One night you can tell about your old man …bet you got some stories

Puff puff

Am a lover no a fighter .

Paula Abdul

Aw Puff…I’m so glad you said that….me, too!! 💚💚💚

Mahe
McCaff

Puff puff

Sleep time talk ramorra ..thanks for the music tips will definitely play it loud as I’m in a huge home with no one around …HH

McCaff

Good night Puff…might chat ramorra but its a Zoom call birthday party with the family for my daughter tomorrow night. We’ll see how it goes. Stay safe mate!

Puff puff

Brilliant enjoy the party .. Happy birthday🎂 to her

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