Sleepy Bhoys! A well deserved long lie in Trondheim for Celtic stars

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CELTIC broke their usual European routine on and off the pitch in Trondheim on Thursday evening.

On the pitch it was a Europa League first for Celtic – a win away from home after Scotty Sinclair headed the inch perfect cross from star-man James Forrest’s cross to give Celtic the three points.

And off the park there was a change too with Brendan Rodgers bedding down the Celtic party in Norway for an extra night to better prepare them for tomorrow’s Betfred Cup Final against Aberdeen at Hampden.

The manager spoke about his reasoning for this change to the post match European routine which usually sees the Celtic party head to the airport and fly home after the post match duties – the press conference and so on – have been attended to.

“One of the key things is sleep when you are recovering,” Brendan explained.

“If we had gone back on Thursday night it would have been the early hours of Friday and the players would have had to travel back to their homes.

“They might not have got back until about 3am.

“Then that means you get them in that little bit later on the Friday and there is a tiredness to their work the next day.

“It’s not quite the same, but this way we have been able to travel home nice and relaxed.

“The players had a lie-in on Friday and then met to do some work in the pool or the gym.

“We did this before when we played in Israel in my first season and we stayed overnight in Be’er Sheva,” the Celtic manager said.

Any advantage that Derek McInnes hoped for due to Celtic’s tiring trip to play such a vital game in Trondheim might just have disappeared.

Also on The Celtic Star this morning…

Celtic’s League Cup Wins, No.16: The first of many for Brendan…See HERE.

Jim Craig – Tommy Coyne got two and Charlie Nicholas one…See HERE.

Why not try David Potter’s League Cup Quiz and test yourself with these 17 multiple choice questions about Celtic’s 17 victories in this cup competition…go on, have a go!

Welcome to your League Cup Quiz

1.

Celtic won the League Cup for the first time in 1956. Who did they beat in the in the Final Replay?

2.

Celtic retained the trophy in 1957, beating Rangers 7-1 in the Final. What was the score at half-time?

3.

Which Celtic player scored two penalties to give Celtic a 2-1 win over Rangers in the 1965 League Cup Final?

4.

Celtic won the League Cup in October 1966, beating Rangers by 1-0 in the Final.  Which Celtic defender was the hero that day for pulling off a remarkable goal-line clearance to ensure the Cup was won?

5.

Celtic played Dundee in the League Cup Final in October 1967, before boarding a plane to fly to Argentina. The Final had 8 goals and was regarded as one of the best ever Finals. What was the final score?

6.

Which of these goalscorers became only the second player to score a hat-trick in a League Cup Final for Celtic (the first was Billy McPhail in 1957 in the 7-1 game), when Celtic defeated Hibs by 6-2 in the delayed final played in April 1969? (There had been a fire at Hampden, thus the delay).

7.

Which Celtic player scored a diving header to beat Rangers in an earlier round then was sensationally dropped by Jock Stein for the Final against St Johnstone in 1969?

8.

Celtic's 8th League Cup Final win came in October 1974 with a 6-3 win over Hibs. Dixie Deans became the third Celtic player to score a hat-trick in the Final,  and Jimmy Johnstone and Paul Wilson both scored. Which Celtic player scored the other goal in this final?

9.

Celtic's next victory in the League Cup came in 1982 when goals from Nicholas and MacLeod gave Celtic a 2-1 over Rangers. In which month was the Final played?

10.

Which Celtic player did NOT score in the 3-0 League Cup Final win at Ibrox over Dundee United on St Andrews Day in 1997?

11.

Name the Celtic manager for the the Scottish League Cup win of March 2000 over Aberdeen?

12.

Henrik Larsson scored a hat-trick for ten man Celtic in the Final against Kilmarnock in March 2002. Which Celtic player was sent off by Hugh Dallas in this final?

13.

The 2006 League Cup Final win over Dunfermline was the first trophy win for Gordon Strachan as Celtic manager and also gave Dion Dublin the only medal of his career. Which Celtic legend was honoured at this game?

14.

The League Cup Final against Rangers in March 2009 finished goalless after 90 minutes before Darren O'Dea gave Celtic the lead. Who scored a penalty with the last kick of the ball to make the final score Celtic 2 Rangers 0?

15.

Which Celtic player missed a penalty in the League Cup Final win over Dundee in March 2015?

16.

In the Invincible season, which Celtic star did not score in the 3-0 win over Aberdeen in the League Cup Final?

17.

Celtic defeated Motherwell by 2-0 in last season's League Cup Final. Who was the referee that day?


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