Our View: Reported Celtic preparation for Kilmarnock fixture is smart move
Celtic’s schedule at the moment is relentless. Just three days after a draining 90 minutes against Copenhagen, the Hoops will be in action again on Sunday when they take on Kilmarnock in a vital Premiership encounter.
The Daily Record have reported on what Celtic’s perpetration is going to be for the game, that the Hoops players did not train today (Friday), but are set to return to training ground on Saturday.
The report also quotes Neil Lennon on the situation, and the decision to have the players only train on Saturday and give them a day off on Friday.
“Get a good look at them”
“We will have to see how our players are, and we’ll get a good look at them on Saturday” the Hoops boss said, as quoted by the Daily Record.
Lennon’s decision to give the players the day off after a tough European encounter seems like a sensible move.
It is much better to give the players a day to recover after a difficult game, then to have them back into training immediately.
There is also the possibility that some niggling knocks picked up by players could recover in the 24 hours after the Copenhagen game.
Manager has dealt with schedule excellently
It has to be said, that Neil Lennon has managed Celtic’s hectic schedule perfectly so far. The Hoops have played 10 games in just over a month, and the game against Copenhagen is the first that the team haven’t won.
A reason for the Hoops’ excellent form from after the winter break must be the training schedule that Neil Lennon has given the players.
Hopefully the Hoops squad will see the benefit of the day off, and will return to winning ways against Kilmarnock on Sunday.
The Celtic boss might well make some changes to his starting line-up for the game, as often happens after European matches. But the added day’s rest can only help the Hoops players will feature in both games.