Celtic have suffered huge losses in their youth ranks in recent seasons.
With the club’s youngsters seemingly seeking opportunities to become more involved in first-team affairs, many have set out to find new pastures to find that elusive path to first-team football.
But that seems to be changing according to Kieran Devlin.
In The Athletic, Devlin argues, “Beyond the staff changes, the organization around the B team will also change. Going forward, they will still train at Celtic’s main training complex in Lennoxtown. That wasn’t always the case last season, although that was at least partly due to COVID-19 restrictions.
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“All other age groups below the first team and the Bs will train at Barrowfield, Celtic’s second training center which is usually used by the Celtic women and youth teams, but which the Bs have sometimes used last year.
“The most noticeable change is that the Bs will specifically try to emulate the training sessions and schedule of the first team.”
This can only be good news for the club. Involving youngsters more in first-team affairs will not only make them feel part of the club, but it will also give them the experience of working with the players and matchday squad.
And give them that hunger and drive to succeed at the club.
It will be interesting to see how this unfolds over the next few seasons.
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