Celtic given green light by Glasgow City Council for substantial development

By Euan Davidson

November 10, 2021

Celtic have been granted approval from Glasgow City Council for a substantial development on London Road.

The Bhoys’ plans to build a new full-size indoor pitch has been granted by the council, with plans first developed in 2019 [Celtic FC].

The plans were approved yesterday [GCC], with the existing Barrowfield training facilities to be improved exponentially. The argument from Celtic’s point of view was that an indoor facility would be used by all Academy groups.

Crucially, the club argued that the redevelopment of Barrowfield would not cause problems for local residents, amenities or traffic [GCC].

Without a full-size pitch at Lennoxtown, the facility will work in tandem with the current first-team set-up. Equally, it’ll mean improved winter training conditions for Ange Postecoglou’s side, Fran Alonso’s Celtic FC Women, and Academy teams.

This newest approval from Glasgow City Council is in conjunction with previous plans made by the club. Celtic were given the go-ahead for the construction of a “modular changing facility” which includes a gym, reception, office and first aid room in September.

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All in, it should be a fantastic facility for each level of the club. From the first-team stars to those just joining the Academy.

Celtic have future in mind with development after Glasgow City Council thumbs up

Undoubtedly, this is great news. The facilities at Barrowfield weren’t befitting a club of our stature. For Celtic, this development is a big deal.

To upgrade the facilities and stay in the community is important. While Lennoxtown is a beautiful getaway for the players, being within the city and keeping a presence near Celtic Park is vital.

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From a fan’s point of view, it’s evidence that the club are looking to the future. If the infrastructure wasn’t up to scratch, then it was important to use all available avenues to invest in it.

With the Celtic first team getting results on the pitch and an improved Academy and professional Women’s side, things are on the up for the Hoops.

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