Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong has been quoted by the Glasgow Evening Times suggesting that he doesn’t feel the club will suffer the effects of travelling around Europe.
Celtic face a long season, with several European games on the cards, which tests a team because of the strain caused by travelling around to different parts of the continent for away games.
Those strains can have a physical impact on a team in terms of causing fatigue in key players, but Armstrong has explained that the situation isn’t as bad as many think.
“I went to Moscow not so long ago and it was a bit of a trek,” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“It doesn't have too much of an effect. Physically, perhaps, slightly, but we're going out there in plenty of time and I'm sure we will adapt.”
“We are not thinking of the travelling as an excuse.”
Deila has to use his squad well
At some point over the course of the season, Celtic manager Ronny Deila is going to need to deal with the fact that some players will need a rest.
As much as those players may have impressive and admirable determination, it’s difficult for even the fittest of players to play on Saturday, mid-week and then Saturday again.
If the boss doesn’t stay on top of the situation, rotating his players effectively then it’s going to increase the chance that key players could pick up small injury problems, which create issues that keep players out of action, which could easily have been avoided.