Celtic hero feeling benefits of "really intense" double sessions at Austrian training camp

By John McGinley

July 12, 2022

Callum McGregor has been talking up the work of the Celtic squad in Austria as they prepare to move on to Czechia and ultimately back to Scotland.

McGregor has had a busy summer on Scotland duty, only really getting the benefit of a few weeks off between seasons.

Nonetheless, he’s relishing getting stuck into Ange Postecoglou’s training regime in the Bad Erlach region, where the squad have been put through gruelling double sessions around matchdays.

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Speaking to Celtic TV on Monday about the progress being made, McGregor said: “It’s been good. It was two sessions today, really intense, getting a bit of volume into the boys after the weekend.

“It was intense there, little tournaments, the competitive edge was there. That’s what we want, to try and build those fitness levels and match sharpness.

“It’s just the rhythm, you get back into it. It’s not really fitness. It’s the rhythm of things, getting up to speed with the ball again and football-specific movements. You notice a difference – as soon as you’ve been in for a week, then that muscle memory kicks in. You start moving a bit freer and the ball comes a bit more natural. You build from there – it’s been a good week.”

The squad will be exposed to more match minutes tomorrow against Banik Ostrava. They’ve flown there this evening to settle in before the centenary encounter.

That promises to be a lively occasion with the Czech club expecting a large crowd inside their 15,000-seater stadium.

It’s all to ensure McGregor and his teammates are fully prepared for the match on July 31st at home to Aberdeen.

The time in Austria has been spent wisely, now, it’s almost time to get back to Glasgow and get stuck into familiar routines that will serve the Bhoys well over the coming season.

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