Celtic doesn’t have any competitive games until their first league encounter against Aberdeen at home.
This has allowed Ange Postecoglou to organise an uninterrupted pre-season to prepare his team for their title defence season. It’s an advantage our rivals don’t have.
The boss is looking to make good use of this time, and ensure that it’s not wasted. It’s not often that opportunities like this come around for Celtic, so the team must grab it with both hands.
Celtic will be fully fit and fresh heading into their season opener against Aberdeen. The Dons are in a similar position, failing to get a spot to allow them to qualify for European football last season.
“We’ve got a clean pre-season without any competitive games – that’s a great advantage for us.
“I think for me, apart from strengthening the squad, is just being able to work with the group of players we had last year this pre-season is going to be invaluable as well, because most of them either missed pre-season or we threw them in halfway during the season.
“Even working with the existing squad over the next three or four weeks will be invaluable.”
He added: “We know once the season starts, it’s going to be full throttle, so we need to do as much work with them now. I’m sure the players will appreciate that as well.
“I know the coaches are looking forward to it as are the sports science staff and everyone involved to being able to work with the players around their game-model and on how we can improve this year, and improve them individually.
“We want to make sure that we take advantage of this, otherwise it’s a missed opportunity.”
Celtic will play six pre-season friendlies, while doing so they will celebrate the retirement of Artur Boruc and Baník Ostrava’s 100th anniversary.
The players who were away on international duty will join the Bhoys on Monday as the training camp in Austria gets underway.