Celtic boss thinks Scotland contingent will play a part on Saturday

By David Walton

July 7, 2021

New Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has stated that the Scotland contingent who featured at Euro 2020 will return to action in some capacity on Saturday.

Postecoglou managed to pick up a win in his first pre-season match of a hectic schedule. Our 3-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday was certainly impressive given the number of youth products involved in the contest.

Those who didn’t take part included the Celtic players who were with Scotland this summer. James Forrest is currently self-isolating back in Glasgow, but David Turnbull, Greg Taylo r, Callum McGregor, and Ryan Christie all sat out.

And Postecoglou has revealed that the plan is to get minutes into their legs in our second pre-season match against Charlton Athletic on Saturday.

Speaking on Celtic TV, Ange said: “Yeah we’ll just see how everyone is. Obviously the lads who played today were the ones who’ve been with us from the start.

“We’ve just got to make sure that we don’t throw guys in too early. But looking at the international boys and some of the others, they’ve come back in good condition. So I think they’ll play a part this weekend.”

Celtic need their Scotland contingent back playing ASAP

Getting McGregor, Turnbull, Taylor, and Christie all involved against Charlton would be a big boost for the club and the supporter.

The truth is that you would expect all four men to start against Midtjylland. Christie hasn’t performed over the last 12 months in particular, but he still stands as one of the main members of the starting XI.

Celtic need to get their strongest squad up to speed ahead of July 20th’s clash against Midtjylland at Celtic Park. Our UCL second qualifying round rivals are making good progress themselves, so it’s vital we get our top players back up to top levels.

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Nobody is going to be at peak condition when Midtjylland comes around. You never expect the squad to be operating at their best come mid-July. However, the sooner they get minutes, the better for the football club.

Celtic still have another clash against Bristol City to come on July 14th before they head back up to Scotland. Another friendly against Preston at Celtic Park three days before Midtjylland visit.

So with three matches separating us from our Danish foes, now is the right time to get the Scotland Bhoys back playing again.

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