Doing lots right at Youth level


Delighted for the Celtic Youths, who won the Under-20 league for the fifth successive season.  Youth football is not skewed in favour of the wealthier clubs in the way first team football is.  Celtic will be able to afford better coaches and scouts, but wage levels at this age are broadly consistent across the board, so that five year stretch is an indication that we’re doing a lot of things right at development level.

Greg Dyke’s review of English football this week drew an incredible level of condemnation but it’s central thrust, how to translate 18-year-old talent into first team stars, remains a challenge.  Especially at clubs competing who recruit to compete at the very top of the European game.  Celtic chose to send many of their top Youths out on loan this season, one of the suggestions Dyke’s report made.  We’ll see how productive this proves.

The final week of the season saw the Youths need two wins, against Rangers* and Dundee United Youths to deny the boys from Sir David Murray Park snatching what would have been a significant title.  While progress has been patchy for their first team, Youths boss, Gordon Durie, has narrowed the gap at the top better than the other Murray Park coaches.  If and when they can afford to get rid of McCoist, don’t be surprised to see Durie step up, I hear he’s impressed for all the right reasons.

*occasional use of the word “Rangers”, “Airdrieoneans” or “Elvis” without the prefix “Newco” or suffix “Costello” does not infer that the original entities to bear those names are currently in existence.  Both football clubs were liquidated, Sevco Scotland changed their registered name to Rangers after administrators of the old club changed and released their name.  Clydebank changed their name to Airdrie United, and then to Airdrieoneans.

Pump it up.

Hope everyone one attending the Hootenanny this afternoon has a great day.  My chances of getting there and remaining intact is diminishing by the minute.

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  1. Hamiltontim is praying for Oscar on




    Sincere apologies I’ve ended up running about daft. I’m back in Hamilton just now but need to go to Cumbernauld to drop the car off before heading in.



    Many thanks for your kind offer but I’ll just see you in there.

  2. Aff oot…..



    Playing in a golf comp tomorrow so cannae watch….but…..



    There’s only one Andy Carroll…….




  3. The Honest Mistake loves being first on

    Enjoy BMCUWPs hootenanny everybody that’s going.


    Hail hail

  4. Paul67, sometimes you have to take the hit to enjoy a day out with the Bhoys. I’ve been in London all week, will be at CP tomorrow and fly to Germany on business on Monday getting he on Friday. Do you think Mrs Doc kisses me goodbye as I left this morning?



    I’ll make it up to her soon. Honest Sweetheart(she lurks).



    Make it happen.

  5. !!Bada Bing!! on




    12:26 on 10 May, 2014



    Lads, a sentimental nap from me :



    (2.45 Nottingham)



    God bless the little fella’…



    From the naps page.

  6. Tell ye what….



    Football mineshafters slated Liverpool for trying to boost their goal difference on Monday night, and getting caught out for it.



    I didn’t ………Football the way it should be played……



    They gambled and lost the punt.




  7. Craigellachie10 on

    Hibs or Kilmarnock today?



    My heart says Hibs to stay up, but apologies to all my Hibee mates, having a Hibs and Hearts team in the Championship might be enough to drive each of them on to finish ahead of Sevco (assuming they make it).



    Kilmarnock on the other hand, well we all know how that would play out ……….

  8. From last thread:



    ryecathcher, archdeaconsbench – quite a lot of people have reservations, by all accounts JC has a fairly healthy self regard ! (and why not), so maybe doesn’t see himself as an assistant. In my heart of hearts I don’t think he will be approached Celtic or NL but I think he would make an excellent appointment – and maybe take the reigns should the manager move on in the next year or so.




  9. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on




    Mentioned at end of last post that the herald today ( M Grant again) shamelessly promoting A liquidated business as being Celtic s biggest challenger..



    Tomorrow we party



    BUT will also remember Oscar &Elena Baltacha…



    I recall watching her play tennis locally, as a very young girl, and being struck by her energy , drive,commitment to her game..




    Two very young people denied life, while all around us we see unscrupulous people go about their businesses and get plaudits for doing so..



    Stand up for what is right & just…




  10. stephenpollock on

    What was most pleasing about the under 20s last three games was the ability to deliver under pressure. Skill alone is not enough so the fact this aspect (mentality) appears to be coached augurs well for the future.

  11. Hootenany Bhoys…



    Jealous as feck of you all in lots of my old Gallowgate haunts…..



    Respect to the boss…..BMCUWP……



    Enjoy yerselves and if ye cannae be good then be careful.



    Hail Hail my brothers.

  12. Che,



    Mrs Doc, gave her man pocket money to get oot the hoose, and gie her piece, pity it’s to annoy you :-)


    And he says your on lunch

  13. leftclicktic We are all Neil Lennon on



    Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuurly you mean Auchenhowie :)))

  14. Celticrollercoaster luvs his luminious lime boots on

    Doc 12:32



    She kissed me goodbye this morn. Must be you.



    Only joking Mrs Doc, if your lurking :-)







  15. Cowie



    the challenge is the money she gave him is in his pockets, and generally stays there.



    If lunch is liquid then were sorted, if its food hes after then hes on his own. ;-)

  16. Aye, very good, my erchie is still sore from the kick she gave me on the way oot:-)



    But give me money!?!?!?!


    Aye, likely:-)

  17. Doc



    he will if the sun is shining aff the top of that heid of yours…be gleaming like Christmas Island

  18. Tommy Joad…



    I think by your perceptive post,you have met JC?



    I have spoke to him a couple of times in the past.



    Highly intelligent guy.



    Understands the modern game perfectly.



    He’s on the radar mate……been on it for quite some time.



    Listen to how he speaks of Celtic in the media…..sounds quite dispassionate sometimes…..scratch beneath the veneer and nothing could be further from the truth.



    He knows how to play the game and the media.

  19. All the best to the Bhoys at BMCUW hootenanny!


    A few sair Heids at Paradise the morra ?

  20. eddieinkirkmichael on




    12:50 on 10 May, 2014






    11:30 on



    Great idea mate, might give it a try as not having much luck.

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