Celtic legend Paul McStay has opened up on some of the work he does for the club in Australia.
The Hoops have several partnerships Down Under, and have started tapping into the market for young footballers in Oz. Tom Rogic is the most high profile of the lot. But Celtic also have the likes of Daniel Arzani on loan from Manchester City, as well as Leo Mazis in the youth system.
It’s certainly a market Celtic appear keen to start taking more of an advantage of. McStay, meanwhile, is the best man to help them along with it considering he lives there too.
And, speaking in the Celtic View this week (Volume 54, Issue 44, Page 32) McStay spoke about the work he does for Celtic in his country of residency.
“Celtic are well known for bringing home-grown talent up through the ranks, developing up-and-coming players, turning them into first-team regulars.
“Nowadays, I help out with the club partnerships out in Australia, and one of the biggest selling points when you’re trying to engage with the local football clubs over there is the record Celtic has for developing young players.
“It’s only when you sit down to host presentations that you really appreciate and understand the significance of the Youth Academy over the last decade or so.”
Behind the scenes
Plenty of work appears to be going on over in Oz that many Celtic fans don’t see. It also appears that McStay is quite a big part of that too. He recently joined forces with Rogic to visit local club Coogie White Tigers in Sydney, an example of the work he does there.
The Hoops have a host of local clubs on their partnership via the International Partnership Programme. According to Celtic, this is a long-term investment that sees clubs receive many benefits from the club including attending soccer camps, coach education sessions, and much more.
Part of McStay’s role is to find suitable local clubs to join the programme. It appears that this involves pitching the club to youngsters in Australia too.
Hopefully, we can start seeing some of the benefits of this as a football club in the long-term. Bringing over up-and-coming talent such as Mazis can surely only help their development accelerate. Having talented youngsters tied to Celtic Park should always be a major requirement of a club as big as ours.
It’s great to see this kind of work going on behind the scenes. And, if we’re all being honest, the club couldn’t have picked a bigger or more appropriate Celtic man to help them spread their vision either.