Greg Taylor becomes latest Celtic star to express the positives of valuable summer luxury

By Lewis Laird

August 10, 2022

Celtic defender Greg Taylor is hopeful that the Hoops extended pre-season schedule will make a big difference for Ange Postecoglou’s side this campaign.

It has been a changed summer for the Bhoys, who spent their pre-season preparations working hard in Austria and at Lennoxtown.

Celtic’s regular new season schedule would usually consist of European qualifiers taking place before the domestic action kicks off.

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However, after lifting the Scottish Premiership title in Ange Postecoglou’s first year in the dugout, the Hoops earned an automatic place in the Champions League group stage.

This allowed the Celtic manager and his squad to spend the month of July working towards their first competitive match of 2022/23 against Aberdeen in the league opener.

For several members of this side, having the luxury of no qualifiers would have been a strange experience, having gone through the pressures of attempting to qualify for the Champions League.

Celtic defender Greg Taylor is one of those players who has taken part in those crucial qualifying games, and speaking in a recent interview, the left-back opened up on the major differences that he has experienced this summer.

The full-back insisted that having an uninterrupted pre-season schedule to work as a team has made ‘such a difference’, and he is hopeful that will stand the players in good stead for the rest of the campaign.

He said [Celtic TV]: “It makes such a difference, having an extended break and then going into a clean run of pre-season games and training, getting to improve on where we were last year whilst also working on the fitness for the coming season.

“So, yeah, it was a really productive period, and it will hopefully stand us in good stead. Not just now but also right throughout the season.”

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Greg Taylor the latest Celtic star to talk up the positives of extended pre-season.

Taylor isn’t the only Celtic player to talk up the positives of an extended pre-season, with the likes of Callum McGregor and David Turnbull revealing how beneficial it has been for the squad.

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou has also opened up on the benefits of what that time on the training ground has allowed him and his coaching staff to do.

It just goes to show how huge an achievement last seasons league title success was, and it continues to have a rippling effect on the club by allowing the squad more time to get to work this past summer.

With another hectic fixture schedule to come for the Hoops over the next few months, the time spent on the training ground could prove valuable in achieving more success in the 2022/23 campaign.

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