Ronny Deila introduced an interesting edge following yesterday’s preseason friendly against Rapid Vienna, saying his players’ “body language wasn’t good. I can accept not playing well but the most important thing has to be the attitude and that was lacking”.
Noting a “lack of energy and that players “looked tired” is par for the course at this time of year but adding “we need to do something with their attitude” gives you an indication of what is expected of the players this season.
Celtic players have for a while now been criticised, fairly or otherwise, for languid body language. Caught between Premiership games against teams they are vastly better than, and Champions League games they need to raise performances for, coaches would need to work hard to raise the heartbeat for domestic football. I suspect its’ this Ronny was targeting, instead of a preseason warm-up.
Does anyone know how to stretch hamstrings prior to kicking the ball? It’s incredible that professional footballers, and Celtic players in particular, are so commonly afflicted by this injury. All it takes is one incomplete warm-up routine and a player is out of action for weeks.
Bids for the European Cup canvass, signed by Billy McNeill, close shortly after noon today. Keep an eye on the action here. You can buy a raffle ticket for the second canvass for as little as £1 here.