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. fairhill bhoy on

    MARSPAPA-I’m definitely not on a WhatsApp group chat buddy


    Thank god 😉

  2. Well done Villareal..



    What price mctominay…lol


    Kinda of player you want as captain

  3. According to Radio 5, before the pens. De Gea had not saved a penalty since 2016


    Twenty five in a row


    Henderson has a good recent record, Mourhino would have made the substitution


    That said well done Villareal!

  4. squire danaher on

    Virtually every MU player whips medal off the second it’s put round their neck.



    Complete disrespect.



    Reminiscent of Souness after 1989 SCF



    “ I DONT COLLECT RUNNERUP MEDALS!!!” as he flung it in corner of dressing room.

  5. prestonpans bhoys on

    SQUIRE DANAHER on 26TH MAY 2021 11:11 PM


    Virtually every MU player whips medal off the second it’s put round their neck.



    Complete disrespect.



    Absolutely 100% correct, shocking reaction, even from players in their shell suits with no chance of playing😱

  6. squire danaher on

    Snidey comments from some regarding the idea of WhatsApp chat groups.



    The idea is that you chat to your mates in a closed group among yourselves as opposed to coming in a public forum and acting like weans talking in riddles.

  7. MARTIM1980 on 26TH MAY 2021 9:52 PM



    AN TEARMANN on 26TH MAY 2021 9:49 PM



    have you been drinking?



    Sorry just not making any sense.




    i have had 3 beers this year.not tonight tho.


    before lent.totally sober,raising a tea.



    it does make sense. re read 9.49


    you posted bout daily hate.i said i dont.i pity them(labour)(they are).deid.sorry you



    now in correcting your use of words like ‘daily post'(i dont btw) and ‘hate’-your word not mine. so dont mind me if i knock your stereotypin on the hate.just pity.



    you keep your hate.its a waste of thinking



    let Paul moderate the blog as i said earlier.not are no very good at it.use your thumb.

  8. Aye thats brought back some great memories..mind shouting “your the man Tam


    ..your the man”as Rogic started his run for the kids still like to mock me aboot it



    Heres to the Invincibles🍀🍀🍀

  9. drew1967



    That really is one of the great Scottish Cup Finals, and obviously we have been involved in many of them, but that one in 2017 really does stand out then, now and at any point in the future you care to mention.


    God bless Tom Rogic

  10. Brilliant. Good to watch PC Lustig enjoyin himself as usual



    .speak tmrw Tims.

  11. Villareal out thought Man Utd.


    Pity we didn’t have a coach like that in Seville.

  12. Did james forrest do a blog on Peter Lawells reply about a meeting with gov? anyone got it




  13. Back to Basics - Glass Half Full on

    Congratulations to Villarreal.



    Credit where it’s due to Ole Gunnar Solksjaer and Marcus Rashford for their post match interviews.



    Both must have been pig sick but spoke very honestly.

  14. good man Squire :-)


    new i seen it earlier.couldnt find it.


    agree with jf,a wider audience for Celtic fans.


    we know Trfc,tories(no commenters!),police and meeja here weave their squinted pash.funny no report on it.




  15. AN TEARMANN on 27TH MAY 2021 1:37 AM




    MSM Scots journalist, “If we could only report what we should report about Orange Scotland – the SFA, the Tory, the SNP, the Police, ……..we’d never work again”.

  16. Paul The Spark on

    Hopefully I’m wrong but I wouldn’t expect an imminent arrival. The board would have held back the season ticket renewal for a couple of days if the manager was done and dusted

  17. PAUL THE SPARK on 27TH MAY 2021 8:01 AM



    Might be waiting to the end of the Euros for Martinez and Maloney…

  18. Lots of speculation.


    The only established fact (per Celtic FC website and related comms) is that we don’t currently have a confirmed, permanent management team in place for next season.


    Very unsatisfactory

  19. The longer this goes on .


    The more likely it is that Clark is involved.


    Is the Celtic board happy for the Howe speculation to continue ,as a diversion away from the real target?




  20. PAUL THE SPARK on 27TH MAY 2021 8:01 AM



    Hopefully I’m wrong but I wouldn’t expect an imminent arrival. The board would have held back the season ticket renewal for a couple of days if the manager was done and dusted.






    said yesterday that i think the wording of the club statement could suggest theres a hitch with the Howe move.


    tho i’d prefer Martinez and Maloney Howe is def the level we should be pursuing.hopefully im talking out my arse again right enough.

  21. The statement from the club read that they hoped they could “announce the manager” not “announce/appoint a manager”.



    Reading between the lines, I think we have our man. The communication from the club could’ve been better though.

  22. GEEBEE1978 on 27TH MAY 2021 8:37 AM






    ‘Reading between the lines, I think we have our man.’






    I think it most probably will be a man.

  23. onenightinlisbon on




    Looking forward to another day of birthday tweets from celtic whilst the Champions League qualifiers loom with no manager in place.



    Still give us your money……