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Celtic will fi eld two teams this season

Oban Celtic’s Old Crocks and Young Guns pictured before their annual Boxing Day match at Moss_ eld. However, this season the Oban club will _ eld two teams in competitive games with the _ rst team playing in the National Division and the second team taking part in South Division Two.

OBAN Celtic have made the ambitious decision to field two teams during the 2018 shinty season.

Former Oban Celtic player Alan Duffy and Les Kinvig will manage the newly formed Oban Celtic colts in what is a hugely positive move by the club. It has been a number of years since Oban Celtic has been able to field a second team in the league – the previous time is believed to have been during the 1999/2000 season - and club chairman David Hamilton acknowledged that it was a big commitment for the club. ‘Yes, it’s a big step’,he said. ‘It’s a lot to organise and it’s a big commitment financially but we will take one step at a time to get the side established.

‘The team will compete in Marine Harvest South Division 2 next season but not in the cup competitions. We are not looking to win anything but just to get the boys playing regularly.’Oban Lorn won’t be fielding a side this coming season and several of their players will line-up in the new side. Hamilton added: ‘A few of the Oban Lorn boys will transfer across but the new side will also give the younger players a chance and that’s important.

‘Training is indoors at the moment but the hall isn’t big enough to take both teams so we’ll do it over two nights until we can get the whole squad together outdoors. We haven’t yet arranged any pre-season matches for the new team as things have only really developed over the last couple of weeks.’

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