Euros, preseason and muscle atrophy


It’s all a bit cart before the horse announcing preseason fixtures without a manager or confirmed backroom team.  Plans need to be in place, though, for the Champions League qualifiers, which for Celtic, start on either 20 or 21 July against Rapid Vienna, Galatasaray or Midtjyland.

That date is a few days after the game against Preston and before the West Ham meeting.  The early graft will be done in three games on 7, 10 and 14 July at a training camp in Wales, with games against Charlton, Bristol City and TBC FC.  With a significant portion of the current squad involved in the Euros, preseason fitness should start higher than the normal baseline.

The Euros group stage ends on 23 June, a month before Champions League duty.  As we are forever saying, muscles maintain their strength for three weeks before measurable atrophy sets in, so we should be in good condition for that opening tie.  If we have a manager by then, of course!

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  1. McPhail Bhoy on

    Celtic Mac



    As others have said Pat Nevin, like so many pundits seems to have zero insight into football in general and nothing to offer when co-commentating on a game. As well as his hushed tones and unusual words and phrasing giving him some sort of intellectual aura, he has none in reality.


    Don’t get me started on his nonsense on sectarianism in football/society, again zero insight and the gymnastics he performed equating knuckle dragging Huns and us as one and the same, uncle Tim indeed!

  2. That`s me renewed.



    Pat Nevin? I have never heard him say anything that made me think he was a bright chap. My general impression of him is that he is a phoney……intellectually and morally.

  3. fairhill bhoy on

    I have no desire to argue with supporters on here .


    I wouldn’t be renewing this year in normal circumstances.


    But it’s not normal for me this year.


    I genuinely have to renew this year.


    It might/probably be money wasted.


    But my dad would have wanted it.


    End of 🤷🏽‍♂️🍀

  4. I hope that’s right about the outcome for us if Man U win.Was cheering for Villareal,but,if that’s true,big change.Villareal giving the ball away far too easily.Some shocking ball retention.

  5. SONSOFERIN at9:03


    If that’s the case, I’m cheering them on for the first time since Tommy Doc was in charge.


    Just do it united.


    BTW – Cavani is some player. Can we have him, please.

  6. mcphail bhoy



    If you are listening to the football on the radio, and you do not want to know what is happening on the pitch….


    Pat Nevin’s yer man

  7. Told this before on here.My Mother,God rest her,used to sit beside Nevins mother in Chapel,St Judes,in Barlanark.Good friends.Seriously,his Mother could not be bothered with him.Used to say “Oh Lizzie I’ve got that Pat coming today,thank God its only once every couple of months.Bloody wee know all.


    True story.

  8. About 30 + of us play go;f on a Friday. Sometimes, when the weather is a bit on the damp side, some won`t want to play whilst others will. What follows is interesting.


    Those who want to play, set about organising into playing groups. Those who don`t want to play , feel the need to convince others that they should do likewise as it is too wet to play.


    I see a parallel of sorts when it comes to ST renewal.

  9. FAIRHILL BHOY on 26TH MAY 2021 9:15 PM


    MARSPAPA-fancy a pint ma man






    Am no goin tae embra !! 😂🍻 when ?

  10. FAIRHILL BHOY on 26TH MAY 2021 9:38 PM








    ok doak text me when and where…. F’s

  11. I could be wrong on that. Thinking on it I think qualifying round entry depends on your country coef. so perhaps PSV would get the bump up.

  12. !!Bada Bing!! on

    Don’t make unnecessary trips abroad, Rooney in Poland with his son….🤷🏻‍♂️

  13. MARTIM1980 on 26TH MAY 2021 6:49 PM



    AN TEARMANN on 26TH MAY 2021 6:40 PM



    What a way to justify your daily ” hate labour rants” We get it, you don’t like them.





    correction no hate here.pity yes.deid.


    what you think?- cannae even find the jot



    stop windaehingin and pigeonholing others.your sh×te to be trite at it.

  14. McPhail Bhoy on

    Celtic Mac


    That’s a great description of him, I must remember that!




    Geez me not liking him is one thing, I don’t know him, his poor mother!

  15. AN TEARMANN on 26TH MAY 2021 9:49 PM



    Have you been drinking?



    Sorry just not making any sense.

  16. SQUIRE DANAHER on 26TH MAY 2021 8:53 PM



    Yes – there were very few punishments dished out, however the consequences of their cheating & defrauding were substantial. The Stadium should have been sold, but that is water under the bridge now.



    You say you and your friends are “angry” – honest question – exactly what about, and what would need to happen to take away that anger?



    Some of the things that Auldheid writes about are perfectly legitimate – he is genuine and detailed in all he gets involved in – but surely, no matter how we feel, or how unfair it is, most of the issues are now in the past.



    What I do believe is that going forward we keep close tabs on the Ibrox lot and ensure they don’t try anything again.



    Last season was a very important season because of 10iar – next season is even more so, for different reasons…would you agree?

  17. rpmcelticfan on

    Celtic won one nil in a hard fought game against Hibs tonight , well done the Ghirls , that’s Celtic remember them :)

  18. JHB on 26TH MAY 2021 9:56 PM


    ” but surely, no matter how we feel, or how unfair it is, most of the issues are now in the past.”



    I would say the issues, unresolved as they are, are very much in the present. We often hear of cases from many years ago finally being settled. Because this is Scotland, I don`t expect the Ibrox Club to get their just desserts but I think it would be wrong to just let it rest.

  19. fairhill bhoy on

    MARSPAPA-not a late yin.


    But you won’t have to read some of the crap on here on Friday at least 🤷🏽‍♂️

  20. fairhill bhoy on 26th May 2021 10:05 pm



    I got deleted ffs






    Was it for renewing?😊



    Great sentiment for your renewal by the way.





    One of your favourites