When Celtic fans can expect their Scotland players to return for pre-season

By David Walton

June 23, 2021

Celtic representation at Euro 2020 is over after Scotland were eliminated from the competition last night.

Indeed, it was glorious failure for the Scots once again after Croatia racked up a 3-1 success at Hampden. It came just days after the country was in a state of elation after a 0-0 draw at Wembley vs England.

But unfortunately, it’s all come to an end in typically anti-climactic fashion. Scotland built itself up for a fall last night, and my goodness didn’t we hit the ground hard?

In any case, it’s time to move on. The Celtic players involved with Scotland have now been KO’d. We move on and we await the players’ return.

Speaking of, how soon can we expect the Celtic players back? After all, they’re now entitled to a break after what’s been a 12-month season for them. It’s only fair they get some rest and recuperation over the next short period.

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Callum McGregor, David Turnbull, Ryan Christie, James Forrest, Greg Taylor, and Jack Hendry won’t be back immediately. When Ange Postecoglou takes charge of his first Celtic training session tomorrow, those names won’t be there.

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Traditionally after major tournaments, players will generally take several weeks off. This is due to the length of the season they’ve just competed in. However, don’t expect the Celtic players to get as much time as that.

The reason? Our second qualifying round for the Champions League will take place on July 20th. If the Celtic players involved with Scotland were away for three weeks, they would be returning on the 13th or 14th July. In short, that gives them next to no time to be up to speed for the UCL qualifier vs Midtjylland.

Postecoglou will surely want to get them back involved to take part in some friendly games before the UCL begins. The Hoops head to their pre-season training camp in Wales on July 5th [Celtic FC]. They’ll return on the 14th and with three games squeezed into that timeframe.

Ryan Christie celebrates for Scotland / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Indeed, Celtic will face Sheffield Wednesday on July 7th. That’s followed up by Charlton Athletic on the 10th, and Bristol City on the 14th. Preston North End will then come to Celtic Park on the 17th before Midtjylland arrive at Parkhead three days later.

A two-week break for Celtic’s Scotland contingent will take them to July 7th. That feels like an appropriate amount of time to relax and be prepared mentally for pre-season. Not to mention it would give them a chance to take part in the Charlton, Bristol, and Preston games before Midtjylland.

It’s vital these players get some time off. However, the UCL qualifier means it won’t be as long as usual. Expect these players to return when Celtic are in Wales. With a bit of luck, they’re back in time to get some minutes into their legs ahead of Midtjylland.

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