So Scotland’s “Children’s Commissioner” has issued a warning on child exploitation within football.
He doesn’t name Celtic directly but no doubt this is a reaction to the debut of the youngster Dembele for our development team a few days ago.
FAO Tam Baillie (Children’s Commissioner)
Celtic have exploited nobody! There’s no profit to be had here and it adds no value to Celtic in general terms. Giving him game time during the week does however add immense value to this young player and in particular to his personal development.
Exploiting him would be to keep him under wraps and hidden from those who will attempt to lure him away before he turns 16 – how selfish would that be? Celtic have decided against that, even if it’s meant alerting the entire footballing world to this outstanding talent.
There are child prodigies in all walks of life and in almost all cases they are fast tracked into environments which are more in keeping with their ability.
Finally, we all know somebody who has gone on trial to one professional team or another. You are correct that most don’t make the grade but (personally) I’ve never heard anyone complain. On the contrary, it gives them something to brag about to their mates.
Why don’t you do your job right and look at “Real” child exploitation!
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