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Future bright for the new Belfast Celtic, says chief

By Gareth Hanna

The new Belfast Celtic will be a club with west Belfast at the core as they strive to reach the top of the Irish League, according to their treasurer.

The Irish FA confirmed yesterday that third tier Sport & Leisure Swifts' request to change the club name to Belfast Celtic had been approved.

"We're extremely excited," said treasurer Paul Kane. "It's the start of a longer process leading up to next season.

"We want to be transparent, opening and welcoming to anyone in the area who wants to be involved. Every door is open.

"The Belfast Celtic of today is not the Belfast Celtic of yesteryear. It's not all of those great achievements of before but it's about looking forward and seeing there is something special we can do for now and the future.

"It's a new chapter. This is a new future for Belfast Celtic."

Central to that future is a partnership with the west Belfast community. To that end, the club are aiming to provide employment and 'create a focus for sporting excellence'.

They aim to work with local clubs and schools to form a pathway from under-age football to the Irish League. That includes under-age players not having to pay fees, while the senior team would become professional.

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