Re-development will see Celtic become a class apart
Celtic have announced a huge re-development plan which would give the club a second ‘first-class’ training facility, this time at their Barrowfield training ground in the east end of Glasgow.
The Scottish champions are seeking planning permission, with proposals now with Glasgow City Council to approve.
Barrowfield’s re-development will compliment the club’s current training facility in Lennoxtown, with all the youth teams and Celtic’s women’s side set to benefit from the plans. Barrowfield will also be used by the first team specifically during the winter months.
The club issued a statement on Wednesday, it read: “Celtic Football Club today announced that it has applied for planning permission to launch a hugely exciting major re-development of its Training Centre in the East End of Glasgow.
"The intended re-development of the Barrowfield site, located near to Celtic Park, would see Celtic unveil another first class training facility, including one of the largest indoor football arenas in Scotland, featuring a FIFA approved top of the range full sized artificial surface.
"The new re-development will also feature a fantastic state of the art gymnasium, as well as brand new extended parking and changing facilities. A further phase of the re-development would also see the construction of new refreshment and grandstand facilities for spectators."
The statement added: "The new indoor facility will allow training opportunities, particularly in poor weather for the Celtic First Team. The complex will also be used by Celtic's women's teams and all Academy teams.
"Ultimately, the new site will feature two full sized outdoor grass pitches, two first class artificial pitches, both outdoor and indoor, as well as an outdoor warm up area.
"The new development will complement Celtic's established First Team Training base at Lennoxtown, which was opened in 2007 and has been a huge success.
"These new developments will further enhance the opportunities for all Club teams, offering hugely improved facilities and a brand new, first class training environment."
With Glasgow City Council now looking at the plans, Celtic fans have called on the club to rename the new look Barrowfield complex after Celtic legend Tommy Burns - who was a major force in Celtic’s youth academy, which has produced the likes of Kieran Tierney, James Forrest, Callum McGregor, Shaun Maloney and other notable names over the years.
Plans for the re-development of Barrowfield follows on from plans approved by the council for Celtic to redevelop an area beside the stadium to include a hotel, museum, a retail store for club merchandise and a new ticket office - costing around £18 million - with the council stating work must start within three years from the approval date in September 2017.
With just over one year remaining Celtic have yet to break ground on the development. At the time a Celtic spokesperson said: "We are very pleased that initial planning permission has been granted. Clearly, there is still considerable work to be done in bringing such an ambitious project to fruition.
"However, we will now engage with other relevant parties to assess this potential development."
If or should I say when the Barrowfield redevelopment is approved and it is completed, Celtic’s two training facilities will see the club become a class apart from the rest of Scottish Football - and if the hotel and museum complex comes to fruition that could have a significant boost on Celtic’s already record sales revenue of around £101.6m [Year 2017-18].