Celtic Winter Training Camp – Fun In The Sun
The Celtic Winter Training Camp in Tenerife was attended by some of our players needing rest and recuperation from various injuries. It was decided that due to the heat, all training would be conducted in early morning sessions under moonlight. Barry and Keith really put their heart into these sessions that often lasted into the wee small hours.
To relieve the monotony and improve all team members breathing it was felt that sessions on the karaoke would be beneficial. Bill and his brother Paul took star billing singing ‘Little Old Wine Drinker Me’and the applause at times was deafening. The second best version is here.
The audience were missing Celtic’s star turn, Stan Turner with his famous rendition of the old Sinatra favourite ‘That’s Life’, but were compensated by one or two decent replacements.
Unfortunately it all went downhill when Keith and Steve ‘The Singing Postman’ sang and their attempts emptied the bar faster than the shout of ‘fire’. Even the DJ walked out.
Barry who suffers from insomnia, especially when in the sun, showed fantastic stamina for his age and really showed the younger ones what a Celtic Winter Training Camp is all about.
Steve, with his singing partner Dave, showed promise as entertainers but lacked stamina in the training sessions and although younger in years, they have a lot of experience to gain before being considered for the 1st team.
While the Celtic Winter Training Camp was mainly for bringing the injured back to full fitness it was also a great opportunity to assess some local talent. One in particular stood out for me and a full evaluation was made before she put pen to paper.
Maria Albescu, our new Rumanian signing for the Celtic ladies team, at times showed lapses in defence, especially when under pressure in a tight corner. She was excellent however with her movement and body swerves in confined spaces and I thought she would make a great signing for the club despite the hefty price tag.
All in all a very beneficial and worthwhile break. We must do it again when we have all recovered.