Celtic hero Andy Lynch recalls old dangerous training

By Connor Gordon

May 1, 2019

Former Celtic full-back Andy Lynch blames heading old footballs for possible head injuries.

The 68-year-old spoke about his old training routine which included heading the old balls multiple times.

The ex-captain trained with the likes of Jock Stein and Billy McNeill when they were gaffers.

In the wake of Billy and Stevie Chalmers deaths, Lynch has spoke out about the dangers of older footballers.

Andy Lynch blames old heading routines

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The three time league winner isn’t the first to blame old methods for possible effects in later life.

Chris Sutton calls for better research into dementia (Photo by Tom Shaw /Allsport)

Chris Sutton blames heading old footballs for what causes his Dad to suffer dementia. He wants more insight into the probable cause of the illness.

However, Lynch gives a personal insight into training during the 1970s.

He told the Daily Record: “Years ago at training, I can remember the ball would be thrown up in the air.

“For a sustained period of time you were heading it to either side — repeatedly.

Jock Stein is Andy Lynch’s former manager at Celtic. (Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)

“We would all be seeing stars and stripes after it — and I am not joking. We would feel like we were punch drunk.”

With more football players speaking out, perhaps there is a chance of more investigations.

Andy Lynch wants more research

The Hoops man agrees that what’s being done to study dementia in the present day isn’t good enough.

He says: “Nor have there been adequate studies to show the likelihood of dementia or other brain injuries which can be caused by head injuries sustained earlier in life.

“In just about every game of football that you watch, there will be a clash of heads.

“If there’s blood he’ll go and get stitched up but if not he’ll get up and play on.”

Kristoffer Ajer receives treatment. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Perhaps the PFA should be the ones pushing for greater research to best represent their members.

The lasting effects of a head injury in football isn’t known and can be drastic.

Failure to do this will only let more legends of the game down for years to come.

Someone or something out there has to take responsibility or have the deaths of thousands on their hands.