Ex-Celtic footballer ploughs investment into new hotel venture as pub firm rakes in £8m

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An ex-Celtic football player is close to kicking off his next project, the renovation of Angels Hotel in Uddingston, as sales from his pub firm top £8m.

Harry Hood, who played for Celtic, Rangers and Scotland in the 70s, heads up The Lisini Pub Group, and purchased Angels Hotel last year before closing its doors for refurbishment.

It is now gearing up for an April opening, as the company’s latest annual accounts showed that turnover hit a record high of £8.2m – up more than £600k from the previous year.

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The pub group runs Angels Hotel, the Castle Rooms in Uddingston, Dalziel Park in Motherwell and the Parkville Hotel in Blantyre.

The £750k restoration project at Angels Hotel has suffered some setbacks, but the restaurant and lounge area is on track to open on April 6.

Siobhan Edwards, director for Angels Hotel, said: “As a family-run business, who are dedicated to our customers and the preservation of this old building in the area, we wanted to make sure this place was around for another 100 years to come.

“It is a difficult building to transform, with it being built in 1906, and has brought about its challenges but we are getting there now.

The main bar area of Angels Hotel and the bedrooms are expected to be open at the end of April.

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