Champions League plans are being worked on in Celtic training already

By John McGinley

July 18, 2022

Celtic won’t play their first UEFA Champions League group fixture for another two months, but Ange Postecoglou has already been planning ahead this summer.

The draw for the competition takes place on August 25th, with matchday one coming on the 6th or 7th of September.

Until the names are pulled out of UEFA’s pots, Postecoglou can’t fine-tune any plans or tactics based on specific opponents.

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We also know Postecoglou isn’t keen on looking too far ahead of immediate challenges.

However, the group are working on drills based on facing a higher quality of team this pre-season, midfielder Matt O’Riley revealed in the weekend papers

After Saturday’s match against Blackburn Rovers, the Danish U21 international told The Scottish Mail on Sunday [18/07 print edition, page 143]: “We have put plans together in training about how we are going to set up [in the Champions League].

“When we play against better opposition, we’re going to have to be at our best defensively or you’ll get picked off. It is different from the Scottish league where people might go a bit longer, so we’ll have to be organised with our press.

“We need to tighten up a bit. Back end of last season, we were really sound defensively and we are still getting into it.”

As we’ve noted already this summer, the context surrounding the upcoming Champions League campaign means it’s an incredibly tough ask for Celtic to make an impact.

However, the manager and the players are making it clear everything they are doing is in service of having a proper go at Europe’s elite.

It should be an exciting ride.

In other news, Report: Celtic in for German defender Moritz Jenz.