Celtic's hard work in Australia already looks to be paying off
As some of our Scottish Premiership rivals use the first week of the break to rest, Celtic’s decision to head to Australia already looks to be paying off.
Following the conclusion of our 2-1 win over Ross County on Saturday, the Bhoys made the long trip down under to take part in the Sydney Super Cup.
Ange Postecoglou and his squad landed in Australia over the past few days and got to work on the training ground earlier today.
The Hoops will face off against Sydney FC and Everton in two friendly outings on Wednesday morning and the early hours of Sunday.
After such a busy start to the 2022/23 season, which included domestic and European matches, some might have questioned the reasoning behind going straight into the Sydney Tour.
However, it provides a fantastic opportunity for supporters from down under to cheer the club on in two separate matches.
Today, we have seen players involved in several events, including open training sessions and meet-and-greets, with some of the club’s most popular stars.
Of course, making the trip to Australia offers the club plenty of avenues to build up support on the other side of the globe. But this trip is already showing its benefits on the field, as well as off it.
Ange Postecoglou is looking to see his side produce two good performances, keeping up the fitness and sharpness of his players, which can only benefit the squad going into the second half of the season.
Celtic already seeing the benefits of Australia trip before games even kick off.
But, before the games even get underway, Celtic have also been able to welcome back skipper Callum McGregor from injury.
Although the midfielder won’t be involved in any of the games against Sydney FC and Everton, the trip to Australia has given the 29-year-old an opportunity to rejoin first-team training.
Without this trip, McGregor would either be on a short break or working at Lennoxtown himself. However, instead, the academy graduate has got back to work alongside his teammates.
This will only help benefit his recovery from injury and give him a better chance of returning to first-team action when the World Cup comes to a close next month.
For the players on the pitch, an extra week of high-intensity training and games will help them keep up the match sharpness that will be needed upon their return to domestic football.
And a visit to Australia isn’t even the trip Celtic will be making over the next few weeks, with the Bhoys set to head to Portugal next month for a warm-weather training camp.
Once again, our work down under will help maintain the levels needed to get to work right from the off on our visit to mainland Europe.
So, whilst some of our closest rivals see the next few weeks as a good opportunity to rest, Celtic are already benefiting from a trip to Australia.