Celtic midfielder Nir Bitton has told the Glasgow Evening Times that he doesn’t feel the heat during the club’s second leg against Qarabag will be a problem for him personally.
Celtic take a narrow 1-0 lead into their next Champions League qualification game and the Israeli international isn’t bothered about the difficult conditions that the Bhoys will have to play in, as they look to progress with a positive result.
“I used to play in this heat. It’s been two years now that I have been in Scotland, so that experience is all gone!” he told the Glasgow Evening Times.
“No, it doesn’t matter how much you are used to playing in temperatures like this, it’s difficult when it’s 35 degrees – especially for the Scottish guys! The foreigners will find it tough also – it will be difficult for me – but, like I say, there are no excuses.”
The best approach for Celtic
The best approach for Ronny Deila’s team is to quickly find a way of controlling the game and keeping possession effectively.
In intense heat, the last thing the manager will want from his players is for them to have to do a lot of pressing and running when they don’t have possession.
Considering the domestic season has only just started for the club, it could be an exhausting evening for the Bhoys, which is something that Deila would like to avoid.
As Bitton alludes to, any game in 35 degree heat is going to be difficult, regardless of the experience that any player has.
The staff need to ensure that the players stay well hydrated and need to act quickly to prevent any serious injury from developing with key players.