Celtic manager Neil Lennon has touched on the international break, and has claimed that they aren’t ideal for momentum.
The Hoops boss has just come off the back of frustrating Premiership slip-ups against Hibernian and Livingston respectively. Many supporters will be itching for the club to get back on track. Re-taking top spot in the Premiership as soon as possible is essential
However, the international break comes just one month after the previous one. More frustratingly, clubs will have to stop their domestic action next month too. That’s three international breaks in three months – completely halting any momentum picked up.
Lennon was quick to acknowledge this, and stated that he’s used to it now as he spoke to the Celtic View (Volume 55, Issue 14, Page 04).
“It’s not ideal because it does sort of fracture your momentum, and your season a little bit, but we’re accustomed to that now.
“The players don’t get much of a break. I was talking to Kris Ajer after the game and he’s got Spain and Romania, and they’re two crucial games for Norway.
“However, for the likes of Nir Bitton, it can be good to have the internationals because he may get game-time, and players like him would need that, having been out for a month with a hamstring injury.”
International breaks offers clubs so many problems
You could say the internationals last month helped break up our momentum after Ibrox. It takes away the feel-good factor to an extent. You could see Celtic struggled with their domestic performance after the break.
It also gave our rivals time to regroup after our victory and helped them go on a run. With so many of our players away on international duty, it doesn’t help their fitness levels when they return.
Injury concerns are a huge factor for clubs like Celtic too. With so many in our first-team away with their countries, we can easily see some of our key players injured before a critical part of the season.
You can see why managers tend to get seriously frustrated with the breaks. Lenny is clearly used to them by now, but you can sense the frustration coming out of him.
Unfortunately, they look here to stay at the moment. There’s no way all international football is going to be crammed into the summer months. And, in truth, that would take away from any summer breaks for the players too.
Hopefully, we get lucky this time and avoid any serious casualties ahead of what will hopefully be a strong charge towards top spot once again.