Celtic look to Australia tour for new talent

New Celtic boss Tony Mowbray takes charge for the first time on Sunday when the Hoops take on Queensland Roar at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

New Celtic boss Tony Mowbray takes charge for the first time on Sunday when the Hoops take on Queensland Roar at Brisbane's Suncorp Stadium.

The Parkhead outfit have taken along with them on tour two community coaches with plans afoot for some local coaching sessions with kids to find the next Scott McDonald.

Mowbray is happy to look beyond Europe for ways of rebuilding his squad.

He told the Daily Mail: "I think some managers look all over the world. Some managers don't.

"In years gone by, I think managers basically picked players who did well against their team or the guys they saw on TV.

"It's not a bad way to do it, to be fair, because when we go to Australia and there's a little left winger who is tearing the backside out of our full-back and the world doesn't know about the lad… then I think you make enquiries and see what can be done.

"That's the way football is. So, is there an opportunity for some of the players in Australia or elsewhere? I'd never say no.

"If you understand the capacity of an Arsenal scouting system, or a Manchester United scouting system, it's very difficult for us to find a player in any part of the world that they don't know about or haven't seen a dozen times before we think: "Oh, there's a good little player there.

"The difference, though, is that Man United might not want to take him, even though they know what a talented boy he is. But is he at their level quite yet? Maybe not.

"That's why, ultimately, we've got to try and raise the standard right throughout."