Celtic boss Neil Lennon thinks it will take time for his current Hoops side to get back to their best when football returns, the Scottish Sun reports.
By the time football returns, it could be months from when Celtic last played competitively. As a result, Lennon isn’t expecting miracles from the Hoops, and he believes it will take some time for the players to return to their very best.
“We know they are going to be de-conditioned when they come back, so it will take time to get them up to full speed” Lennon said, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
“It’ll take time”
“They are going to need a lot of time as they are missing out on interaction and football-specific training. That can take its toll on conditioning, cardio and the muscles. It’ll take time before a ball is even kicked to get them up to speed” he concluded.
The fact that the players cannot currently train as they are in lockdown is of course a problem. They may be getting individual programmes to keep fit from the club but obviously that is not the same.
Players will need preparation time
When football gets the nod to return, the players will need some preparation time, although that might not be as much as the clubs and players will have hoped for.
There only be something like a week of training, before the teams return to action. Therefore, Lennon is correct to concede that his players won’t be at their best when football is back.
Hopefully fans understand that, as we are currently in a unique situation. There should be no real criticism if Celtic don’t win every game when the team returns, that would probably be unrealistic.