"A little bit disappointing"; English boss speaks after friendly vs Celtic XI is cancelled
Northampton Town manager Jon Brady has stated that his side’s friendly cancellation with Celtic is “a little bit disappointing” but admits it couldn’t have been avoided.
Whilst the Hoops’ first-team are currently in Austria for their pre-season tour, a Celtic XI were scheduled to face Northampton on Wednesday. However, for reasons still yet to be revealed, the match was cancelled.
It remains unclear as to whether the cancellation came from Northampton or Celtic. But the League Two club will still be coming up to Scotland with a new fixture pencilled in against St Mirren today.
And reacting to the news of the Celtic cancellation, Brady was certainly diplomatic without giving anything away.
As quoted by the Northampton Chronicle, Brady said: “It’s a little bit disappointing but it can’t be helped and it gives us an extra day’s training and we will be able to embed more of our philosophy, which is really important. It’s not just football. It’s about things in general both on and off the pitch because you find more out about your players which we feel is really important.
“There will be some team bonding and stuff on leadership skills. We are looking forward to going to sunny Scotland – hopefully it’ll be nice and warm up there! We want to use the time for the group to bond and bring everyone together. That’s very important.”
Celtic vs Northampton looked like ideal opportunity for youngsters
Clearly, the fixture between the two clubs wasn’t going to be a match in which the Hoops’ first-team stars were going to take part in. Instead, it looked like an opportunity for the youngsters at the club to get vital minutes under their belt.
A Celtic XI have already faced East Kilbride in a pre-season friendly in a match that saw them lose 6-1. That one appeared to feature the likes of Bosun Lawal, Joey Dawson, and Owen Moffat to name but a few.
It would be interesting to find out why the game with Northampton was called off in any case. Was it a reaction to the performance against East Kilbride? Or was it even on the side of Celtic?
The Hoops of course have a host of youngsters heading with them on their Austria tour. Opportunities will likely be made available to those who impress the most. Players who, if they had stayed at home, would likely have featured in Wednesday’s match.
But instead, all focus will indeed be on the Celts in Austria as they get set to face Wiener Viktoria tomorrow in our first pre-season game of the campaign.
Hopefully, a win and a decent performance follows as we look to get back to action in a positive manner.