Celtic assistant manager John Collins told the Glasgow Evening Times that he feels things have reversed in terms of big games and pressure from the time when he was a player.
Collins was speaking in relation to the fact that the Bhoys have already played a high number of competitive games before their defence of the Scottish Premiership title has even started.
He claims there is no secret answer in terms of preparation for competitive pre-season games, suggesting the club can simply ensure that the players are in the best possible physical condition.
“The big games used to come at the end of the season when you have momentum and are flying. It’s back to front now. That’s the way it is and the way it is going to be in the Champions League,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“You just need to prepare as best you can. It’s a short break and you are back playing games. We know what’s in front of us.”
Deila must back his squad
Celtic manager Ronny Deila needs to back his squad in terms of the options he has when the games start to come even faster once the domestic season has started.
He’s made some forward thinking and sensible additions in key areas, while keeping a large chunk of the successful team from last year together.
Different options in each position means Deila has a better chance of keeping the squad fresh on a week by week basis.
Common sense approach is the best one
There’s no secret way for Celtic to go about handling a very high number of games and they have experience of dealing with a congested schedule.
Deila will trust his players and they will trust him to withdraw them from the firing line of the fatigue starts to kick in at any point.