CELTIC are investigating the possibility of taking the players abroad for a pre-season training camp.

Neil Lennon and his champions will return to outdoor training at Lennoxtown on Thursday ahead of the proposed August 1 kick-off to the new campaign.

The Hoops boss hopes the coronavirus pandemic that put football into lockdown in mid-March will not prevent him taking the players away for preparations.

The Irishman, speaking to the Sunday Post, said: “Initially, we will be training in small groups which is fine, just basically bedding the players in again.

“Then we may look to go away to a training camp. We are pursuing a couple of avenues that may be a possibility.

“That would maybe allow us into training in bigger groups, which is obviously very important in your preparation for the new season.

“All those processes and think clouds are all in place at the minute. We do feel confident that if there is the possibility of going to a camp, we will.”

Lennon added: “We’re trying to reassure all the players about their safety at the training ground and in the surrounding environment.

“We have plans in place at the weekend for testing, and all the medical processes we need to go through and obviously what they’re required to do.

“They’re going to have to be really disciplined over the next few weeks and how to go about life away from the training ground.

“We’ll have the medical team in position on Monday to talk to the players individually.

“There will be rigorous testing on them now, not just for the coronavirus, but other aspects of their physical health and well-being.”

Celtic have not kicked a ball in competitive action since March 7 when they beat St Mirren 5-0 in a Premiership encounter at Parkhead.

Leigh Griffiths fired in a hat-trick with Odsonne Edouard, with his 28th goal of the term, and Callum McGregor (penalty-kick) getting the others before football came to a premature halt.

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