Celtic manager Ronny Deila has told the Glasgow Evening Times what he feels is the positive aspect of the club’s pre-season training schedule.
Deila has confirmed that the Bhoys will be in training for almost every day in the build up to their Champions League qualifying game against Stjarnan, but feels the club have dodged a common issue which can plague teams in pre-season.
“We will be training almost every day before the qualifier. We have no injuries, that’s the positive thing, so we can work with every single player,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“Everyone is training, they are all working hard. We have one more game before we play FC Stjarnan, and then there are some matches in between, so we will get better and better.”
Risky tactic by the Norwegian?
Some fans may question why Deila is making Celtic’s players train every day in the build up to such an important game for the club.
With no one injured, there would be theory in protecting key players because it’s vital Celtic don’t make the same mistake as last season and can qualify for the Champions League group stage.
However, the Celtic squad are only just back in pre-season training and it’s important the boss has the chance to judge the fitness levels of every single player, judging where they each need to improve.
He can put that time into working with each player, judging the mentality of players who could leave and it also allows him to see which youngsters are up for trying to get themselves a first team chance.
Ultimately, Deila is not a naïve coach. If he sees a problem developing with a player in pre-season training in terms of their fitness, he will withdraw and protect them with Celtic retaining a decent squad, which means a solid option coming in.