And from the ashes of Barrowfield, the Celtic “Training Centre in the East End” arose. One of the limitations of the Lennoxtown facility is it does not have a full size indoor field. This presents a specific problem in December and January, when trialists arrive at Celtic, but the pitches are either completely unplayable, or not in a condition to accommodate an additional game.
The driver here has come from English Premier League clubs, who have invested in the best facilities for their Academy players. Developing footballers is no longer about solely about hard work rest in the appropriate measures. Look at the shape of players now, compared to how they were 20 years ago. They are indistinguishable from athletes, each muscle toned to the right proportion and no more.
You can have all the talent and speed in the world, but if your shoulders are not strong enough, you are not going to make it. Young players are coached, get the best sports science and nutritional advice, and will be supported through their entire physical development at this new facility.
The project is at the planning permission stage only, but it is set to add a fourth major sporting facility to the area, after Celtic Park, the Emirates Arena and the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. The additional facilities will help attract major events to the Arena and Velodrome; there are big wins for the city with this investment.
Recent years have been good to us financially, much of which is evidenced by the collection of trebles amassed, but long term plans are always needed.