We Never Stop: “You kind of know it’s coming and you plan for it,” Ange Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou yesterday confirmed that Celtic never stop even during an international break. The Celtic manager, speaking to the media ahead of his side’s trip to Dingwall to take on Malky Mackay’s Ross County in the Sunday lunchtime kick-off, the Celtic manager confirmed that there has been no downtime up at Lennoxtown because as you know we never stop/

“No. There is no real downtime. We just factor it into things. You kind of know it’s coming and you plan for it. We had guys going off with their national teams, others stayed and others were in rehab.

Callum McGregor of Scotland inspects the pitch prior to the UEFA EURO 2024 Qualifying Round Group A match between Scotland and Cyprus at Hampden Park on March 25, 2023 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

“We just adjusted our training to all of that. Some guys did some extra work which was really handy for us. For others, we gave a little bit of a break but we kept working right the way through it and then you just wait for the players to come back at different times.

“The last of the boys got in on Thursday. Friday was the first day we had everybody back. We factored that into the programme and you just get into it and on with it,” the Celtic manager explained.

With ten, possibly eleven matches remaining there is no doubt that this is the business end of the season and just like last year Ange Postecoglou will be doing all he can to ensure that the team finish the season as strong as possible.

Celtic v Hibernian – cinch Premiership – Celtic Park Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou on the touchline during the cinch Premiership match on Saturday March 18, 2023. Photo Steve Welsh

“We look at it from a yearly planning perspective and the first thing is at this point of the year is where everything gets decided and we wanted to be in a really strong position at this point and I think we have achieved that.

“Secondly, we want to finish the season strong as we did last year where we show our best form and are at our strongest at this time of the year. That’s been the plan all along and if you look at the first stretch of games and then post-World Cup in the middle section we were stronger than we were in the first section and the plan now is to be stronger in the final section.

“That’s all theory but we still have to come down to the practicalities of doing it. From the players’ perspective, they are ready to go and they understand what needs to be done between now and the end of the season and that begins on Sunday by putting in a strong performance and finishing the season in the manner we want to.”

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