Report: Ange Postecoglou to take Celtic training next week
Ange Postecoglou is set to take over Celtic training next week, according to the Scottish Sun.
The report claims that Postecoglou is already deep in the midst of his quarantine. The timeline nearly matches with Celtic’s own pre-season. Non-international players are set to meet up on Friday for some basic fitness tests.
The Scottish Sun goes on to state that John Kennedy, Stephen McManus and Gavin Strachan will the conduct training on Friday, before Postecoglou takes over next week. So, after all of the worry about upheaval, it’s actually all pretty straight-forward.
Celtic are to visit Celtic Manor (how appropriate) in Wales for their pre-season camp. Postecoglou will have the run of the facilities, with the Bhoys then facing some interesting opposition.
The Bhoys’ first game of pre-season will be against Sheffield Wednesday on the 7th of July. Oddly, it’s a bit of an awkward first outing for a new Celtic recruit. Liam Shaw will presumably be in the squad to face his old team.
Next up, it’ll be Charlton Athletic and Bristol City, before heading back to Glasgow. Enjoying a homecoming will be Scott Sinclair, whose Preston North End visit Paradise on the 17th of July. Then, West Ham visit on the 24th, with David Moyes returning to Celtic Park.
So, after all the worry, it’s business as usual for Celtic and a smooth introduction for Ange Postecoglou
So, really, Postecoglou isn’t actually missing anything important.
Some basic fitness drills for the Celtic players not away on international duty aside, Postecoglou will be able to dictate training from next Monday. The timing’s quite lucky, because it means he’s got a day off for the England v Scotland game. With Celtic players involved, he’ll no doubt be taking it in.
While yes, it’s a different pre-season to normal, due to Covid-19 restrictions, we’ve got a decent set of games to warm us up for European qualification.
So, rather than worrying about Postecoglou not being available for pre-season, he’ll have the requisite time to get to know his players and preach his tactical Gospel before the season begins. His workload will be full, admittedly, with a vast turnover of players expected. At least now, though, we know he’s going to be around to watch things progress, and implant his tactical nous on what’s still a very talented squad.
One less thing to worry about, then!