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Former league chief Roger Mitchell believes Celtic should make some ‘radical’ changes

Scottish PremiershipCelticFormer league chief Roger Mitchell believes Celtic should make some 'radical' changes
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Former SPL Chief, Roger Mitchell has outlined a plan, which he believes will revolutionise Celtic – these plans include, abandoning signing foreign players for two years, and to turn around the coaching at the club.

Mitchell who is a Celtic supporter feels there is a lot more the club can do to improve the squad.

He said: “Where do we go from here? The problem is no longer being unable to compete with the Hollywood clubs. It’s not getting bang for buck and beating teams like us or, sadly, much smaller than us. Celtic is still a major revenue club thanks to match day attendance.

“We need to look in the mirror and say: we have been underperforming quite badly in the last 6 years. Forget treble Trebles. Those are bragging rights baubles. And unless all we care about is Scotland we need radical action to at least punch our weight. What is needed?

“Start with positives to build on. We have very good creative Scottish players. Mostly from the academy. So our youth system isn’t all bad. It doesn’t produce goalies, CBs and CFs. Kieran Tierney aside, not great on defenders in general. But who is in the U.K.? We are poor in defending.

“I’d bring in specialist defensive coaches into Celtic. From overseas. I’d invest heavily in that. Individual and as a collective. I’d also invest much more in tactics and game management skills. We can’t dictate the pace of games, retain the ball to make the game go to sleep.

“That area has been the Achilles heel for British football. Hanging onto leads. Game management. Winning smart and ugly. So it needs to be foreign coaches. With these people telling me what skills I don’t have I’d focus my recruitment laser sharp on that. Defence mainly.

“With these skilled coaches in place I’d make the academy and local players the focus point. I’d give up the player trading strategy of foreigners for a 2 years shop window. We were good at that but everyone has caught up. We have no USP. Scouts are rubbish in the main.

“The Celtic vision and brand should be at least eight Scots and ideally six from the academy. Gives only three slots for foreign buys. That makes you choose well. Our problem is so many young (normally French) players whose names I can’t even remember. It’s a spray and pray approach. NO!

“We need our head of recruitment’s b***s on the line for choices made. We have got too many wrong over the years. Juarez anyone? Kouassi? Covered up by the excellent handful of big wins. Those days need to be over. Fewer buys but better scouted against specific skill gaps

“Summary: invest heavily in real coaching skills in defence and game management. Work out what skills our academy isn’t able to produce. And do great recruitment rifleshot day in those gaps. Be mainly an academy based first team.”

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