Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he’s happy with the condition of his squad, after they returned to pre-season training earlier this week.
The Norwegian has given an update on his players as they returned after summer breaks, appearing to already put them under a little bit of pressure ahead of the competitive action returning next month.
“It looks good now, the two days we have been in training with the players. They have come back and their results with the body fat and everything look very good,” he told the GET.
“They have taken care of themselves, the players who were not away with national teams. That gives me a good feeling.”
“And, as for the national team players, 14 days is not so much, so they will quickly be back in match shape.”
The fact that the majority of the squad has taken good care of themselves over the summer, gives the team a better chance of hitting the ground running.
There’s no harm in the boss putting his players under a little bit of pressure because he’ll be interested to see how they respond.
It could be a very subtle and clever tactic related to those players who went on international duty after the end of last season, to give them a spring in their step ahead of some important games.
International duty: Should those players get extra rest?
There is an argument to suggest that the likes of Scott Brown, who featured for Scotland straight after the end of last season, should be given a bit more time off.
Fatigue will be a big worry because Celtic play a lot of games next season and their campaign starts earlier than the majority of their rivals.
However, it’s also arguable that they have a chance to maintain their fitness and momentum, with no need for the Norwegian to stress his players with extra heavy fitness sessions.