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Celtic Boys Club
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Celtic Boys Club was formed in 1966 with the simple aim of providing youngsters in Glasgow with the opportunity to take part in organised games of football.
Based in a hall in Maryhill, initally the club was run totally independently from Celtic FC by a group of volunteers who were given permission from Robert Kelly to use the Celtic name. Links with Celtic were stregthened when the Hoops allowed the Boys Club to use the Barrowfield training complex on London Road.
Celtic scout John Higgins recognised the potential benefits of Celtic Boys Club to the professional club and subsequently a semi-formal arrangement was made where the Boys Club Under-16 side would act as a nursery for young players Celtic scouts had identified as having potential to make it in the game - although youngsters playing with the Boys Club were under no obligation to sign professionally with Celtic.
It was however an arrangement which would see Celtic Boys Club produce an impresive list of talented players who would go on to make their names with the Hoops. Some went on to star for other sides but the benefit to Celtic of the Boys Club was huge, with the likes of Charlie Nicholas and Paul McStay all products of the club. To see an extensive list of players to be produced by Celtic Boys Club click the link below.
Celtic Boys Club - List of Players
Darren Fletcher (Manchester Utd) and Chris King receive prized from Edinburgh Celtic Boys Club, 1997
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