The trip to the US to play Real Madrid is core to strategy for Celtic right now. It allowed the significant North American support an easier opportunity to see the team, keeps the club’s profile high among the game movers and shakers and will have contributed valuable financial resources.
You know there’s a ‘but’ coming, don’t you.
Gary Hooper, Anthony Stokes and Daryl Murphy all picked up or aggravated strains on the trip. The players are still stepping up their fitness regimes. Muscles are being stressed, then rested, then stresses a little further. Returning from two lengthy flights with a high incidence of non-contact injuries suggests we need to review how we prepare athletes for travel.
Do you like the new-look Celtic Quick News? Some fundamental changes have engineered into the back-end which should make things more solid going forward. More new features will come on-stream shortly. My enormous thanks to Kev, who designed the template and everything new in the engine room.
Don’t forget, if you have an article in you for CQN Magazine email me: firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you would like to write about. I’ll be able to give you some pointers. Next edition coming soon.