As our youth embark on their own journey through Europe a lot is made of how Celtic take developing prospects from other domestic sides.
Supporters & officials throughout Scotland feel that the likes of Stevie May, Ryan Gauld & Aaron Taylor-Sinclair would be better off staying well clear of Celtic and continue their development within their respective clubs.
Although I’m a firm believer of ensuring we look domestically for home-grown, domestic talent I feel a lot is ignored as to what Celtic as a club do for Scottish Football.
Look at our youths this season, away on trips to Milan, Amsterdam & Barcelona. The experience this will give them will help them succeed if not at Celtic but at other clubs either in Scotland or elsewhere.
Look throughout Scotland and you’ll find former Celtic players from McGinn (Aberdeen) Millar, Gardyne & Flood (Dundee Utd) Ibrahim, Irvine (Kilmarnock) McManus & Lawson (Motherwell) Fox & O’Donnell (Partick Thistle) Quinn & Brown (Ross County) Millar (St Johnstone) Van Zanten, Goodwin, McGowan & Yacqub (St Mirren) – This is current players who’ve all had experience with Celtic.
Add that to players in other leagues throughout England, we do provide our fair share of development and it is unfair to say that Celtic only take & ruin potential.
Ajax’s Youth Ground
Two weeks ago Celtic’s development squad faced a side which is regarded throughout Europe as one of the finest academies around & today they’ll face Ajax again in an arena unknown to Scottish sides and possibly many other European teams.
The experience these players will gain will stand them in good stead and it’s testament to the club that we continue to churn out careers for players whether this with Celtic or elsewhere.
All the best to both sides in Amsterdam. May all supporters have a great journey and as always stay safe.