Report: Ange Postecoglou's Celtic to end 5-year tradition that was started by Brendan Rodgers
Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will end the club’s long association with Dubai this winter, according to the Scottish Sun.
The report states that Celtic will head off for a foreign camp in the new year when the winter break kicks in. However, it won’t be a return to the Middle East that’s on the Hoops’ agenda.
Dubai has long since said to be the source of Celtic’s recent success. Brendan Rodgers implemented the trip back in 2016. Celtic have been there every year since, with it helping to spur us on to the title for 4 consecutive years.
Last year’s trip, however, was a disaster with players returning with Covid and a flurry of controversy surrounding the morals of the trip. Postecoglou, meanwhile, has said the following on their break as quoted by the Scottish Sun:
“We are planning for that now and we will certainly have some sort of camp. It will give the boys a bit of a break. We just assembled this group of people together without really being able to settle them and create a real settled culture and environment with the football we want to play.
“A week’s training will be like gold for us and we will certainly use that time, but there is a lot of football to be played before then.”
Celtic need to make winter break count this year
It remains to be seen where the club jets off to. We spent our pre-season camp down in Wales in Postecoglou’s early days at the club. However, there were more restrictions on the public back then due to the pandemic levels.
We’ve seen the benefits of a strong winter break in the past of course. It’s led to consistent winning runs over the years, particularly under Rodgers and even in Lennon’s first season back.
The players will have more than earned a break by that period too. These Celtic stars have been giving it their all throughout the campaign with the manager going to the well with the same core of players consistently. With 3 games per week constantly on our agenda these days, the trip will do them a power of good.
Of course, all we can do is hope that we don’t have anywhere near the drama that unfolded last year. Given international travel is back on for the public however, we should avoid anything like what we suffered last year.
It would be interesting to know why Dubai in particular is being shunned. It’s not as if the trip would’ve been controversial this year. Perhaps it’s a case of Ange wanting somewhere different?
Regardless, it’s a club trend that’s finally coming to an end. Hopefully it pays off.