Celtic head to 'world-class' training camp for pre-season

By Euan Davidson

May 25, 2021

Celtic have ramped up their pre-season plans, as the quest to regain the title begins in earnest.

Charlton Athletic will face the Bhoys on July 10th. The Bhoys will then face Championship opposition in Bristol City on the 14th.

The club, surely led by Eddie Howe at this point, will embark on a rigorous fortnight of training at a “world-class” facility in Wales. Opposition for the 7th of July is still to be announced.

The Celtic website released some preliminary plans for pre-season. In a statement, the club said [Celtic FC]:

“In preparation for the season ahead, from July 5-14, the first team will undertake a vitally important pre-season training camp in Wales, at a state-of-the-art world-class training facility.

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“During the nine-day camp, Celtic will play three closed-door matches against English club opposition, offering crucial preparation for the new season:

  • July 7: v opposition tbc (KO: 3pm)
  • July 10: v Charlton Athletic (KO: 3pm)
  • July 14: v Bristol City (KO: 7:45pm)”

David Moyes’ West Ham are visiting Glasgow on the 24th of July [Daily Record]. Having recently secured Europa League football, a star-studded Hammers squad led by a familiar face will surely provide good opposition for a new-look Celtic side.

We’ll also see fan favourite Scott Sinclair return to Paradise for the day. The fleet-footed winger’s Preston North End side visit Celtic Park on Saturday, July 17th, with a 5.30pm kick-off.

Wales makes perfect sense as a pre-season venue. Given the public response to Celtic’s trip to Dubai in the winter, surely the board wouldn’t risk a similar PR gaffe again.

 

Adam Matthews, formerly of Celtic / (Photo by Tom West/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Celtic make more pre-season plans, links with Charlton

There are some links between Charlton and Celtic, of course. The London club have more recently employed Adam Matthews and Tony Watt. Matthews is still technically a Charlton player, having made 29 total appearances this season [Transfermarkt]. His contract, however, does run out on the 30th of June.

Watt, meanwhile, made 56 appearances for the Addicks, scoring 10 and laying on a further 5. They’re actually the club he’s made the most appearances for, having made ten more than his current tally for Motherwell, where he was recently crowned Player of the Year.

Perhaps the most famous player to have worn both the Green and White and the Red of Charlton in recent years is, of course, Paolo Di Canio. Following a fruitful spell at West Ham United, Di Canio featured in a successful side. The Addicks finished 7th in the Premier League in 03-04.

As for Celtic, it’ll be interesting to see how the rest of pre-season takes shape. Provided Eddie Howe comes in as expected, he’ll have a strange mix of veterans, fringe players and Academy talents to choose, with key positions needing reinforcement.

The squads against West Ham United, Bristol City and Charlton Athletic will be very, very unusual. However, that’s something to get excited about, as a revolution at Paradise takes hold.

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