The Celtic squad have been put through their paces as their first pre-season friendly approaches.
Some of Celtic’s players have been photographed in training as they continue their preparations for a huge season at the club, with the pictures posted on the team’s official Twitter account,
The Bhoys’ first competitive match of what will be a long campaign is the Champions League first qualifying round clash with Icelandic side Stjarnan on 14 July but before that Ronny Deila’s men will have a pre-season friendly against Dutch side Den Bosch on Wednesday evening.
Following that clash there are two more friendly matches prior to the Stjarnan game, against Dukla Prague and Real Sociedad, and it will be up to the Celtic players to prove they are ready for the bigger games to come in those encounters.
Among the Celtic stars on show in the latest training session were defender Virgil van Dijk – whose future may become a lot clearer if the club qualify for the group stages of this season’s Champions League – and Leigh Griffiths – who will be vital to whatever success the club enjoys in the months ahead.
Derk Boerrigter was also photographed in training but the 28-year-old is far less likely to have much of an impact at Celtic Park after two disappointing seasons to date.
That said, he could still play a role against Stjarnan, and it will be up to Deila to decide which of his players are ready for that particular challenge.