McCart reveals message from Rodgers which struck a chord with Celtic youngsters
By James Black
Celtic head of youth Chris McCart has revealed the quote from first-team boss Brendan Rodgers which has struck a chord with the Hoops’ promising youngsters.
Three of McCart’s graduates featured against Bayern Munich in the Champions League recently – Kieran Tierney, James Forrest and Callum McGregor – and Celtic’s youth supremo thinks Rodgers was right on the money when he said the clubs’s youngsters “only train with Celtic” until they are involved regularly with the first-team.
That ethos has driven the Parkhead kids to want more and a number of others have been given a taste of first-team football domestically under Rodgers.
McCart also revealed what Rodgers looks for from players when it comes to their dedication in training.
“One of the best things that I have heard from the manager is that no young player should be saying they play for Celtic,” McCart said, as quoted by the Evening Times.
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“They train with Celtic, that is it. It is so true.
“It resonated with everyone in here what he was saying.
“He doesn’t like lazy days.
“He wants the best and seeing where your best will take you.
“We will all make mistakes, but it is how you learn from them.”
The Scottish champions have had a steady conveyor belt of young players coming through over the last 10 years with former Motherwell star McCart heading up their youth programme.
There have been 55 young Celts have progressed from the youth team to the senior set-up with 18 of them making their debut in the Champions League for the club.
Calvin Miller, Anthony Ralston and Liam Henderson have all been involved this season domestically for the Hoops as Rodgers continues to promote talent from within the club to supplement his squad.
In other Celtic news, the Hoops are in a transfer tussle with a Bundesliga club for this goal-a-game forward.