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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