Another staff member of the Celtic Academy leaves for new opportunity

By Euan Davidson

December 17, 2021

Long-tenured Celtic Academy coach Greig Robertson has left the club after 18 years of service.

Robertson, who joined Celtic in 2003, helped to bring through a number of modern-day Celtic stars. Callum McGregor, Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and plenty more have come through the Academy set-up during Robertson’s time at the club.

The well-liked youth coach is heading for pastures new, taking up a role with the Boston Bolts. The Bolts are a set-up for young American footballers with ambitions at the collegiate or professional level. Founded in 1986, the Bolts are responsible for the careers of current MLS talents like Atlanta United’s Miles Robinson, and Diego Fagundez of New England Revolution [Bolts].

Celtic shared their gratitude to Robertson earlier this afternoon:

Robertson becomes the second member of the Academy staff this week to depart from the club. Leicester City snapped up Oliver Morgan, the club’s Head of Academy Sports Science. Morgan, formerly of Liverpool’s Academy, joins Brendan Rodgers for the third time in his career.

It could be coincidental, and both left for opportunities elsewhere, but it does look as if changes are afoot at the Celtic Academy set-up.

Ange Postecoglou said in a press conference last week [Celtic FC]: “A big part of it for me is definitely the Academy pipeline. One of the areas we’re really concentrating on in terms of restructuring [is] making sure we’re really spot on with both our coaching development and scouting of young players. It will become a great emphasis.”

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Academy coach Greig Robertson leaves Celtic with considerable legacy

Robertson wasn’t a footballer at the professional level. Instead, he worked his way through college courses, and seized an opportunity at Celtic when it arrived.

He told West College Scotland in 2014: “I absolutely love my job; I guess the fact that I have been there for 11 years is testament to that. It’s a tough industry to get in to; just like everything else nowadays everyone wants you to have academic qualifications and experience.

“If there’s one thing I would recommend to anyone looking at getting in to coaching it’s to do as much volunteer work as they can. There’s nothing quite like work experience; it’s valuable time spent putting everything you have learnt into practice and along with any extra qualification that you can get makes you much more employable.”

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The hard work paid off. Robertson stuck around at Celtic for 18 years, and in that time, the club has produced some serious talent.

It was shown on Wednesday night, when Owen Moffat became the 7th Celtic Academy player to feature in the first team in the league this season. There have been 9 in all competitons, with Ewan Henderson and Dane Murray featuring for the Bhoys in Europe.

That’s an impressive legacy. What he’ll bring to the Boston Bolts will be immensely valuable.

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