Players progress is Celtics reward McCart

first_imgCeltic’s Head of Youth Chris McCart believes players’ progression is the club’s reward.McCart who has spent a decade as the Head of Youth at the club says that seeing players become first-team regulars from the bottom of Celtic’s Youth Academy pyramid offers him the greatest satisfaction he could have hoped for at the club.The 51-year-old took over the reins of the role in June 2008 following the passing of Tommy Burns, who played a key role in developing the club’s academy. And he believes the late legend would be proud of the number of players becoming first team stars after coming through the academy.“When you look at the success of players coming into the first team and where these players started from, our old facility at Barrowfield,” McCart said, according to the club’s official website.“James Forrest came in at age eight, same thing with Callum McGregor and Kieran Tierney, Michael Johnston came in around age nine or ten.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“The junior academy is something we’ve invested a lot in because we’ve looked at the stats and successes, and it seems we can go from here to St. Ninian’s and then to Lennoxtown.”“It seems to us like the perfect pathway and it’s working really well. Tommy Burns had a real structure in place and he’d be very proud to see youngsters coming through.”“Ultimately, talent is nothing without opportunity and we’re glad to have had first team staff members and a board who believes in what we’re trying to achieve here at the academy.”“It’s very difficult to compete with international players but the youngsters know once they get an opportunity it is left for them to make the most out of it.”last_img

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