Celtic boss Neil Lennon gave an interesting insight into the club’s preparation for tonight’s clash against Copenhagen, as he gave a mention to previous manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Hoops will take on the Danish champions in the Parken Stadium this evening as they resume their Europa League campaign in the last 32, first leg tie.
Like all recent Euro away games, the team chose not to train in the host’s stadium on the eve of the match – instead conducting their final session at Celtic Park.
And that surprised a member of the Danish press who posed the question to Lennon on Wednesday evening.
“It’s something we don’t do,” the Northern Irishman explained, as shown on the club’s official YouTube video.
“We just train at Celtic Park and then we make our way over.
“It’s something that’s been done with the previous manager and we’ve carried that on.
“As a player I liked to train at the stadium, but it’ll be a nice experience for some of our players to see a magnificent stadium like that tomorrow night.
“I’m sure the atmosphere will be raw as well.”
Lennon will hope to continue brilliant away form in Copenhagen
Lennon is right. Celtic have adopted the system ever since Rodgers took the helm back in mid 2016.
Although the reasoning for it is not clear, it’s something that the vast majority of the squad and coaching staff are familiar with and will warm to as a result.
It is yet another sign of Lennon’s experience coming to the fore.
It would have been easy for him to change everything back to the way he likes it – especially as he commented on how he enjoyed training at Euro stadia prior to the game.
But, instead, he has put the players first and continued on from Rodgers. And boy has it worked so far this season.
We’ve won four of our seven away European games so far – including against Lazio – while the only defeat came in a meaningless game against Cluj.
Here’s hoping we can continue that excellent form tonight.