Youngsters meet Danny Bhoy

Celtic Training Centre, Lennoxtown.  Kirkintilloch Herald Celtic training competition winners James Aitken and Thomas Starrs with Danny McGrain 7.7.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes
Celtic Training Centre, Lennoxtown. Kirkintilloch Herald Celtic training competition winners James Aitken and Thomas Starrs with Danny McGrain 7.7.11 Picture by Jamie Forbes

CELTIC legend Danny McGrain was on hand to congratulate Herald winners James Aitken and Thomas Starrs at the club’s state-of-the-art training complex at Lennoxtown last week.

Cock-a-hoop youngsters James and Thomas, both seven-years-old, were taught to play the Celtic way after winning a week-long training course with the club’s coaches.

The young Celtic fans were joined by other youngsters at the camps, where they worked with a ball non-stop for four hours a day to develop their skills and learn more tricks and flicks.

Former Scotland World Cup star McGrain, who is now assistant coach of the Celtic Development Squad, told the Herald: “It’s fantastic for the young boys to be up here getting taught by qualified coaches. They’re able to help the young boys and put on a course that’s going to benefit them.

“This is the same place where the first team train.”

The boys were able to meet some of Celtic’s first-team international players such as Emilio Izaguirre, Jos Hooiveld and Morten Rasmussen.

James, who attends St Flannan’s Primary in Kirkintilloch, said: “I really enjoyed seeing all the players. Izaguirre was very friendly.”

Thomas (on the left) who attends St Machan’s Primary in Lennoxtown, said: “I really enjoyed the course. I liked that there was a lot of touches of the ball in coaching.”