Ange Postecoglou's Lennoxtown update bodes very, very well for Celtic
Ange Postecoglou believes Celtic’s training at Lennoxtown this week is at the best level it has been all season long.
The Celtic boss has overseen a significant rebuild at the Bhoys with new players joining the group and youngsters stepping up.
It’s been a long, gruelling season with 50 matches played already. That has taken its toll on the squad with injuries and absences common across the piece.
However, now, with players adjusting to the Postecoglou methods and the squad increasingly injury-free, the manager is feeling good about what he sees every day at the training ground.
The manager said in a press conference today when asked if his squad were peaking as expected [YouTube]: “We are in a good place in terms of the health of the squad and our players and training is really competitive. It’s the most competitive it’s been all season.
“From the physical perspective and the numbers we are getting back, the players are in a really good space, in the way we are working through games. Our performances have been fairly stable. They haven’t all been exhilarating but we haven’t had too much fluctuation. All those kind of indicators show me that we are in a good space to finish the season strong.
“That’s just me sitting here right now and the evidence we will see as go along. Anecdotally and observationally from me – without looking at the data which I do every day anyway – my sense is that our training is at the best level it has been all year so that is the kind of stuff I look at and you hope that transfers into the games.”
This is great stuff. With the intensity levels back in our performance against Livingston at the weekend, we should see a similarly impressive display away to Dundee United on Monday night.
It may not hold as much pressure as league action right now, but you better believe Ange is targeting the Scottish Cup after trophy success in the League Cup earlier in the campaign.
If Celtic genuinely are peaking at the perfect moment, there may be no way to stop us between now and the end of the season.
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