6th August 2022; Victoria Park, Dingwall, Scotland, Scottish Premier league football, Ross County versus Celtic FC; Celtic Manager Angelos Postecoglou arrives for the match

With no European qualifiers to play Ange Postecoglou has detailed the ways in which the time between games is being managed. 

Celtic have started off the season well with two victories against Aberdeen and Ross County with Hoops fans having to once again wait till the weekend to watch their side.

At times during both those games, it is clear to see that the Hoops have played a lack of competitive matches and are just getting back to their ways of last season.

It’s a less busy schedule with the Hoops not having to play a midweek fixture until the very end of August when they travel once again to Dingwall except this time in the Premier Sports Cup.

This gives the manager plenty more time to work with players at Lennoxtown to continue the hard work put in during the pre-season.

“It’s been a different start for us with the pre-season we’ve had and we’re so used to playing three games a week, so just having a game on the weekend makes the training module is different,” said Ange Postecoglou speaking to Celtic TV. 

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“It almost makes it an extended pre-season with the work we’re doing on a daily basis.

“I think that will help us when the games start but our performances right through pre-season were solid and that’s continued through the games.

“The first game against Aberdeen, there was some really good stuff and some things I thought we could have done better.

“There was progression in the second game in the way we controlled it so it’s been a decent start.

“It’s like anything else, it’s beneficial if we use it right. We’ve planned for it for a while and it gives us an opportunity to do some real solid work with the boys physically and around our game model.

“Once the games start we know we won’t have a lot of time to do those things, so now’s a good time to bed that down.

“We have a couple of bounce games organised for the guys who’ve not played, so again we don’t need to throw them in as we know they’re match-ready.

“You’ve already seen in the early part of the year we’ve had a few injuries and illnesses, so we’ve had to put people in and I want to do that knowing they’re ready.

“All those things factor into it and we are trying to use the time as well as we can.”

This will be welcome news to some players who may struggle to get game time due the lack of matches the team is currently playing just now.

It will be a welcome boost to Carl Starfelt who unfortunately missed out on pre-season due to an injury the defender sustained while on international duty with Sweden.

The foundations for this season have been laid down during this pre-season and the hard work will continue throughout this month to make sure that the squad is in the best possible shape going forward to compete domestically and in the Champions League.

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