Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou has delivered an update on the progress of Oliver Abildgaard.

The midfielder was the final summer arrival at Celtic and will be hoping to make an impression in the Hoops in the coming weeks.

Due to the current conflict in Ukraine, Abildgaard failed to have any pre-season having arrived from Rubin Kazan.

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Upon his arrival, Postecoglou confirmed that it would take him a while to get up to speed.

The Danish midfielder did feature on the bench for Celtic during the clubs 2-0 defeat away to St Mirren but is now in a position to get some game time under his belt for the club.

With players away on international duty he has been getting put through his paces at Lennoxtown with the break hopefully being beneficial to the 26-year old.

“It’s been really important because it wasn’t just that sort of Oliver came in late, he hadn’t really done a pre-season with any club – he had been training on his own. It would have been unfair on him in terms of his physical conditioning that he wouldn’t have been anywhere near the levels to throw him in before now,” told Ange Postecoglou speaking to CeltsAreHere.

“He’s done good work the last couple of weeks here at Lennoxtown with the guys who sort of stayed back and he’s edging now towards getting some game time.

“He’ll be in the squad tomorrow, potentially we can get him some game time but I think you’ll see him feature over the next sort of few games. He’ll be important to us.

“The reason we signed him was because we knew that with the fixturing the way it is we are likely to get some injuries or players we sort of need to look after particularly in the midfield area so it will be good to get him involved.”

Although many questioned the manager’s use of the squad after the away defeat to St Mirren, it will be vitally important that in the next few weeks it is used with Abildgaard about to feature.

One of the biggest frustrations from the game in Paisley was that players who had been given an opportunity to make an impact didn’t mean that it will be critical that Abildgaard makes an impression and shows the manager that he can be trusted to perform.

 

 

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