Youth

Scottish Youth Champions League preview 2013

Written by Paul Regan.

LEAGUE titles are hard to come by in football.  From the Barclays Premier League to the Ecuadorian Second Division, time and resources are pumped into earning the right to be called champions.  Some will win title after title, year after year while some will run themselves into the ground just for one glorious season, such is the importance placed on league titles.  Take away the multi-million pound transfer fees and a few inches in height/facial hair growth and you have a similar situation in youth football in Scotland.

For a nation of less than six million people, Scotland has youth football teams coming out of her ears from Stornoway to Lockerbie, from Lewis to Dundee, accommodating young people from the headless chicken toddler stage right up to the cusp of the professional game at under 21s.  All these teams need leagues to play in and again, Scotland has them in abundance, covering every corner of this diverse landscape where seas and wide expanses of uninhabited countryside prove no obstacle to the pursuit of glory and the honing of talent.

Such a wide range of different leagues allows silverware to be attainable by a higher number of teams, giving more young boys and girls the chance to taste success in competitive leagues where they can develop their skills in a positive environment that aids the learning process while retaining a competitive edge in order to give them something to strive towards, be it the league trophy or simply an improvement on their last campaign.  Such incentives keep youngsters interested and give them a clear indication of their progress as a team and as an individual.  They learn how to conduct themselves in victory and just as importantly, how to deal with the disappointment of defeat.

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Celtic 3-1 Dunfermline: Youth Cup player ratings

Written by Mark McDougall.

CELTIC created history after they won their fourth consecutive Scottish Youth Cup with an entertaining 3-1 victory over Dunfermline.

A goal from Jamie Lindsay and two headers from Bahrudin Atajic and Denny Johnstone were enough to see past the SFL side who replied with a strike from Allan Smith.

Dunfermline

Ryan Goodfellow:
Had to pick the ball out of his net three times but the Pars keeper can be proud of his overall performance after a few impressive saves. 7

Ross Millen: Had a difficult time up against Paul George in the first half but coped well with the challenge. Delivered a number of dangerous set pieces. 7

Grant Munro: The full back faced the tricky Paul George in the second half and had a more difficult time. Done well trying to get forward. 6

Kerr Young: Young centre back coped well with the threat of Bahrudin Atajic in the Celtic attack. 6

Lewis Martin: Like his defensive partner, he coped well and could do nothing about any of the goals. 6

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Celtic 3-1 Dunfermline: Hoops win Scottish Youth Cup

Written by Danny Collins.

CELTIC created history after they won their fourth consecutive Scottish Youth Cup with an entertaining 3-1 victory over Dunfermline.

A goal from Jamie Lindsay and two headers from Bahrudin Atajic and Denny Johnstone were enough to see past the SFL side who replied with a strike from Allan Smith.

Celtic coach John Kennedy shared his delight at the cup win, another league and cup double for the Hoops.
 
“Delighted with the team," said Kennedy. "It’s sometimes difficult in a final to go and pick out someone individually; it’s about the team winning it. 
 
"It’s great for our academy, for four years in a row to go and win the league and cup double, so absolutely delighted for everybody involved."
 


Dunfermline started game the stronger of the two sides, constant pressure from the Pars caused the Celtic back four to panic.  They came close when Scott Mercer’s side footed attempt from 18 yards out was saved by the feet of Leo Fasan.

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Dunfermline v Celtic: Pars match bigger than Real Madrid

Written by Grant Milne & Mark McDougall.

CELTIC striker Callum McGregor began the season facing Real Madrid, and wants to end it as a Hampden hero.
 
The 19-year-old made his first team debut in an exhibition match against the Spanish giants in August, but insists tonight's Youth Cup final against Dunfermline is a huge occasion.
 
“It’s a big cup final so it’s obviously a massive occasion for the club to get here again," he said. "With this being the fourth season in a row, hopefully we can get a win which would secure the double again.
 
"We’ve done that the last three seasons which has been excellent so we’ve got to go and try to continue that on Wednesday.”

The Hoops bagged the youth league championship again, mimicking their first team counterparts, but McGregor warns winning the double will be much harder than last year's walkover against Queen of the South.
 
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