Ange Postecoglou explains latest Celtic training ground differences thanks to European luxury

By Lewis Laird

August 5, 2022

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has opened up on the differences in the Hoops preparations, having only one game a week throughout August.

This time of year is usually an extremely busy period for the Bhoys, with Scottish Premiership games and European qualifiers to contend.

However, that has all changed this summer, with last season’s title win, meaning Celtic gained direct entry into the Champions League group stages.

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With the Hoops kicking off the new season last weekend against Aberdeen, Ange Postecoglou’s side have had the entire week to focus on preparations for the trip to Ross County on Saturday.

In fact, the Celtic manager will be enjoying that luxury across the next few games, with the Hoops not facing a midweek fixture until the 31st of August.

Speaking ahead of his side’s game against Ross County tomorrow afternoon, Postecoglou has opened up on how having the entire week to focus on preparations has changed the club’s approach.

Despite not having any action in terms of league games, the Celtic manager also stated his delight at the competitive nature of his squad in training across the past few days.

He said [Celtic FC]: “It’s different. It’s not harder or easier, it’s just different, so you take a different approach. But, you know, from our perspective, it just means an adjustment to the way we train. Training’s been really good this week; really competitive.

“Obviously, we’ve got a really strong squad this year, I think we’re stronger than we were from a squad perspective on the back of last year, which means that training is super competitive, and now the games have started, everyone wants to play.

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“So, everything we do is really at a high tempo and ultra-competitive, as I said. That’s the only difference, we can just get more work done during the week and prepare them for the weekend games.

“We can use this period over the next three weeks to make sure the players are ready for what’s ahead because once the games start, we won’t have a lot of time for training. So we’re using this time to get the players ready for that.”

Midweek preparations will help Celtic squad massively in the long run.

It has been a very different summer for all involved at Celtic, having an extended period of time without interruption to work on the training ground during pre-season.

For the majority of August, the Hoops will also have plenty of time to get to work at Lennoxtown, with only one game each week to focus on this month.

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Not only will that benefit Ange Postecoglou’s squad in the short term, but it will also help them massively for the long term, working to improve for the season ahead.

Hopefully, we are able to see that unique luxury pay off across the next few weeks by making a strong start to the new campaign.

In other news, Celtic provided squad boost with injured defender in contention for Ross County.