At some point early tomorrow morning Callum McGregor, James Forrest and Scott Bain will arrive at Glasgow Airport and start their summer break. 14 hours ago, Kristoffer Ajer, left a field on the Faroe Islands and Nir Bitton did the same in Warsaw.
Within four weeks, they will have to complete their off-season rest, get back into training and compete in the Champions League qualifiers.
The problems thrown up by a season that extends into June are not unique to Celtic, but they are more acute here. Celtic players are not midseason, like the Scandinavians, and unlike most others who are competing in international football this month and are in Uefa action in four weeks time, they carry expectation to win through the qualifiers.
Bodies need rest and one of the consequences of not getting rest is injury. Celtic’s season is longer than most and as a consequence of reaching the last six domestic finals, involves more two-game weeks.
The injury count at Celtic last season left the club significantly short at various points in the season. I know there are financial (and other) consequences of having a big squad, but Celtic probably need a larger squad than any other club in football if their players are to compete from July to June.
Lisbon Lion, John Fallon, send this message for those who took part on the CQN Last Man Standing competition:
On behalf of the Fallon Family, we would like to thank all that took part in this completion especially Marc and Jeff, who ran it, but must importantly the gift of £550 to Alzheimer Scotland, in memory of my wife Esther. Thanks and god bless all who took part.