Celtic manager Ronny Deila has been quoted by STV, explaining the main difference between this summer and when he arrived at Parkhead last year.
The Norwegian had a decent first season in charge at Celtic, guiding the team to an impressive domestic double, but they were unable to secure qualification into the Champions League.
Deila has suggested to STV that the early season inconsistency was due to nothing more than him settling in and adapting to the club.
“This is a big difference. I was signing in June but my team in Norway was playing two days before I came here,” he said.
“I was straight into a new team, new environment, new country, new teams to play against and also straight into the Champions League.”
“Now you know more what we can expect and more about how we’re going to get there.”
Why are Celtic better prepared this time round?
Deila will have more time this summer to work with new players, as well as challenging the more experienced members of his squad to improve certain weaknesses.
Deila also has more time to work on various tactical ideas in the build up to big games, which should make Celtic stronger and more difficult to break down heading into games.
The Bhoys were deprived of ample time to adapt to Deila’s style last summer, but they know exactly what to expect from him and the fans know what they can expect to see from his team.
There are still one or two common issues which the squad need to overcome such as raising fitness levels, which is always a problem in pre-season.
However, the manager and the club are in good shape and there’s no reason to worry.