Czech boss says Celtic match will be his highlight of the summer

By John McGinley

July 12, 2022

Banik Ostrava manager Pavel Vrba says the upcoming clash against Celtic will be the highlight of their summer preparations for the new season.

Vrba has a long association with Banik but only returned to the club for his latest spell as manager this year after leaving Sparta Prague.

The former national team manager is well respected in his homeland, having found great domestic success with Viktoria Plzen.

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He’s now putting Banik through their paces ahead of a new season and is relishing the prospect of playing a challenging competitor in front of a special atmosphere.

Speaking to his club’s official website, Vrba said: “Of course, we are aware of the game and that a full stadium will arrive. The fans are looking forward to the game, so are we, and we will do our best to please them. The atmosphere will be great. In this respect, the match will be the highlight of the preparation.

“They are also in some stage of preparation, but it’s hard to say what specific intentions they will have for our match. But they have a good, deep squad, and it will definitely be a very good test for us before we leave for the training camp in Poland. We will want to get a good result.”

Celtic arrive in the country in the next few hours after flying from Austria, where they’ve stayed for the last eight days around an hour outside of Vienna in the Bad Erlach region.

The Bhoys will spend the night in Ostrava before playing the fixture and heading back to Glasgow.

Training will resume at Lennoxtown before Saturday’s first home friendly of the summer against Blackburn Rovers.

It’s set to be another intriguing few days of Celtic action, with players building up their fitness and match sharpness ahead of Aberdeen at the end of the month.

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