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Burr discusses creating winners and exciting Academy run inWhile ultimately looking to create the next batch of first team Celtic footballers, Academy coach Stevie Burr admitted there is still a focus on success on the park at development level, saying Celtic breeds a winning mentality befitting of the club’s stature.

Burr, who has been involved with the youth setup for a while leading the under-15s to success last year before taking up a role with the Academy team this season, said while he’d love to see more of their squad make their first team bow, he’d also love to see them enjoy the fruits of their hard work at Academy level.

His want for their hard work to be rewarded comes as the Academy prepare for a third v second trip to Hibs, as the season heats up.

“At the end of the day, if you play with Celtic, it’s about winning as much as it is development,” he began.

“We are here to develop players, and I would love if I was told that five or six players were getting taken up to the first team, because we then promote again from the 19s and so on, but at the end of the day we’re here to make winners as well as footballers. You need that winning mentality to play for Celtic Football Club.”

The Academy’s meeting with Hibs this Sunday will be their third run out of the week, but despite the hectic schedule as Celtic begin to take care of rescheduled games that were missed due to international involvement, Burr hailed the players for taking it in their stride.

“The girls are loving it, they’re training hard and playing well,” he began.

“It is a lot to ask, but the intensity of our training I don’t think it’s too much to ask. With how fast we play, and the intensity of our training, it’s more or less like a game and I don’t think there’s any change at all. The standard will always be high whether its training or games,” he said.

On Tuesday night, the Academy outfit laid down another marker in their title chase as they travelled to Lanarkshire and recorded an impressive 9-0 win over Hamilton Accies in emphatic fashion. And following that showing, the coach dubbed the squad “outstanding” as he looks for more of the same on Sunday.

“That’s three wins on the bounce and against Accies, the girls were outstanding. I think that was probably one of our best performances this season and we hope to take that into the run,” he said.

The Hoops are locked in an exciting title race with Sunday’s rivals and Glasgow City Development for the SWFL1 South championship, with second-placed Celtic two points ahead of Hibs, and eight behind Glasgow City, albeit with a game in hand over both.

And the prospect of registering a double this season off the back of May’s League Cup victory, is one they are all relishing and are using to drive them on, according to Burr.

“It’s always good to play your rivals and top teams in the league. I think the girls will rise to the occasion as they always seem to do. The girls were outstanding when we played there earlier in the season.

“I think the title race is driving the girls forward. The cup final win drove them forward, getting international recognition is driving them forward but the way we’re playing and our training and how much the girls are playing for each other is brilliant.

“They have a great team spirit and they work very, very hard,” he said.


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