Jamie McKim has revealed he’s been learning from the very best to make sure his young Johnstone Burgh side are a success next season.

The Burgh gaffer, along with the club’s first team performance coach, Ryan Muldoon, took part in a management training course at Celtic’s Lennoxtown training complex earlier this season.

Hosted annually by Celtic Soccer Academy, the International Coaches Convention provides unparalleled access to the coaching set-up at Celtic’s Youth Academy.

Coaches from around the country benefit from practical and theoretical sessions covering technical and tactical development, sports science, talent ID and recruitment.

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McKim told Gazette Sport that while his young side lacked the experience required to mount a serious challenge in the league this season, he is confident that, under his guidance and with a fresh influx of experienced players this summer, they can push on next season.

Speaking of the Hoops’ coaching convention, McKim said: “I was at a training course with Celtic at Lennoxtown earlier this season and it was absolutely brilliant. I learned so much from that over the two days, it was surreal. I’ll definitely be taking that experience and some of the lessons into my coaching routine through the summer.

“It was myself and my assistant who spent two days at Lennoxtown with a complete run down of how Celtic operate football wise from their reserves right down to the under 10s in the academy and it was eye opening.

“When you consider what you learn from something like that compared to the standard coaching courses available in Scotland, it’s incredible. It was night and day with what you learn and what you can actually take away from it. 

“I learned so much over the couple of days and that can only be a good thing for Burgh. That was my first full season as a manager at this level so every little thing helps and can only benefit Burgh.

“There is a lot of things like the culture at the club that don’t require money to implement. We’re hoping to start building on that side of things this the summer which could be key for us going forward. The amount of detail and thought going into every single thing at the course was mind blowing.”

And while McKim was blown away by the vast majority of the course, he did admit to having a vocal disagreement with former Celtic captain Stephen McManus.

McManus takes charge of the under 14s to under 18s at Lennoxtown - an area which McKim reckons could be doing with a shake up.

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He added: “I actually didn’t agree with it all to be honest. I wasn’t impressed with Stephen McManus at all. I had a wee bit of a run in with him. He had them set up wrong for set-pieces. I let him know that and it didn’t go down too well but the rest of the course was incredible.

“I genuinely try to learn and improve on the job every day and implement everything back to helping Burgh improve. I want to apply my own philosophy at this club.”

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