Celtic have a rare break to prepare for Aberdeen clash

By Connor Gordon

March 4, 2019

Celtic will have a full week to prepare for Saturday’s crunch tie against Aberdeen at Parkhead.

International and winter breaks aside, The Bhoys haven’t had this time between matches since July.

The Hoops’ long European exploits have meant two games a week since the summer.

New manager Neil Lennon couldn’t have wished for a better opportunity to get to know his team.

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The Irishman will be used to having a week break between most games going on his two previous jobs.

Neil Lennon is former Hibernian manager. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Hibernian haven’t qualified for Europe for years and Bolton were relegation fodder in the English Championship.

Lennon can use the time for much needed recovery sessions for players who are feeling a bit legged.

Players such as Jeremy Toljan and Oliver Burke won’t have played that volume of matches before and it showed on the German who hasn’t played 90 minutes under Lennon.

Jeremy Toljan is looking tired due to rare run of games for him. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Even familiar players such as Callum McGregor haven’t managed to cope with the high demand.

Celtic can use break as getting to know session

Another benefit of the seven-day break can be Lennon being able to learn more about his players and implement his thinking.

He already tried out a few things during the Scottish Cup win over Hibs at Easter Road on Saturday.

The 47-year-old will be able to put the game under the microscope properly without worrying about preparation for another game coming in a few days.

Lennon will already know some of the players due to his first reign, but he can familiarise himself with the new Bhoys.

Aberdeen’s Derek McInness will be readying his side for Celtic clash. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Games don’t really come tougher than Aberdeen who will be on a high following their cup draw against Rangers.

Derek McIness will be trying to replicate that impressive structure which kept out Steven Gerrard’s men.

Lennon will be able to analyse the game and go over it with a fine-tooth comb at Lennoxtown with the players.

All in all, the volume of matches is a testament to the football Celtic are playing this season at the summit of Scottish football.