The news about Celtic’s new training ground – which broke earlier today – is obviously nothing but good news. This is the kind of high-level infrastructure spending which we’ve all waited for, and which both Ange Postecoglou and Brendan Rodgers wanted to be done. The decision to move forward will not be cheap, but this is partly what the money is for.
This is one of the ways you graduate your club to “the next level.” With changes such as these. With moves such as this. Having two outstanding training facilities might seem like overkill, but in fact it’s not.
If we want to be all we can be this is the kind of stuff we have to do. In articles beyond counting, I’ve bemoaned our lack of quality youth coming through; this will go some way towards improving our chances in the future, and that’s all to the good.
There are a lot of people who would like to see us spend this money on the team.
I cannot honestly argue in favour of that. Because although I bemoaned the transfer window, it was the way we spent money that bothered me and bothers me still, not the amount of it we spent. Yes, we posted a profit but that doesn’t really concern me as long as the first team emerges stronger at the end of a window than it was at the start. I don’t mind that we’re well run.
Because days like this are a testament to how well run we are, and that we can afford to spend this whilst still have a title winning team on the pitch speaks volumes. And the best of it is that everything that happens at Celtic is not only built by us, the fans, but it’s all sustainable. Most clubs which do major infrastructure spend take on debt to do it … we’ve just done this, and paid for it out of what’s in the bank. We have no concerns about the future.
In fact, these changes enable us to face that future with much greater confidence, and whilst there are people who will argue that it should have been spent on the team they are taking a short-term view.
This spending will pay for itself in years to come.
The next four or five Celtic first team players to emerge from the academy will come, in no small way, from these changes and that makes it worth it.
The timing of this is good. It comes as Ibrox slides every deeper into crisis and its board, manager and fans deeper in recriminations against one another.
It is a show of strength, not a show of force, but during yet another self-detonation over there it might as well be.