Celtic will once again travel to Dubai for their usual mid-season winter training camp at the start of 2020.
The Hoops have travelled to the United Arab Emirates during the past three seasons, and will once again repeat that trick despite the change of manager since their last visit.
Neil Lennon confirmed the news to press on Thursday. (Scottish Sun)
“We know that Dubai has worked very well for us before over the past few years.
“It is somewhere that offers excellent facilities and delivers a really good training base at such an important time in the season, so we are delighted to be returning.”
The team will once again be based at the luxurious Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex.
Lennon will be able to work with his players in Dubai
The move is interesting as the Dubai trip became one of the main staples associated with the previous Celtic management regime. Brendan Rodgers brought the idea into place in his first season with the Hoops first travelling out at the midway point in their ‘Invincible’ campaign.
The value of the trip was showcased last season when the Hoops arrived off the back of a gut-wrenching defeat to Rangers. The Celtic first-team, and a few new arrivals, got to work in the heat and returned to Scotland as a totally different team.
From there they went from strength to strength – winning their first 11 domestic matches of 2019.
However, many would have assumed that the Dubai trip would have been scrapped once Rodgers left. Lennon’s first term as Hoops boss saw the team go to the likes of Turkey to play friendly tournaments but nothing was ever quite as exotic as Dubai.
It makes sense for the club to keep the trend going though. The vast majority of the squad will be familiar with the camp, like they were with the Austrian summer one, and that can only be a good thing. So it’s a thumbs up on this one for Celtic.