When close season is no more than a 3-week taper


If you are a distance runner, you will know that a three-week ‘taper’, when you gradually reduce training, is recommended before an event.  This will allow muscles to rest after their most fatigued period.  Three weeks is within the period that muscles do not deteriorate, so you should be both strong and rested.

It has been three weeks since the Scottish Cup Final, so the Celtic players who arrived back at Lennoxtown this morning to start preseason training will be ready for the strength training ahead.  Champions League qualifiers are a further three weeks away.  All other things being equal, that will be enough time to ensure Celtic are ready, but even the first round could present a serious challenge, so there is serious work to do this week.

What you gain in summer fitness costs you later.  Three weeks is not a proper rest period, the body needs more time to recover from the exertions of a long season.  Celtic players are not unique in this respect, but they carry a burden not shared by many others in Scotland.  We need to find fresh energy, not to mention motivation, for the challenges ahead.

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  1. Looks like the Turnbull deal might still be on, presumably due to the involvement of Broughty Ferry’s finest.







    ‘Bob Servant @bobservant


    Jun 15



    Bob Servant Retweeted Celtic Football Club


    Delighted to have been asked by Celtic to handle this matter. The ball is literally in the player’s court. He will learn from this. We continue to fry.’

  2. `might be a timely reminder to those whose views on the NFL appointment were a bit harsh:-`



    There are a great many whose negative opinions on matters Celtic just happen to coincide with those promoted by the MSSM and reinforced in converstion by those who read said MSSM.



  3. Hot Smoked


    You worry about your own Parks in Arbroath. Dawson Park is just fine, thank you very much.


    Mind you, the dogs are a bit of a nuisance…!



  4. HOT SMOKED on 18TH JUNE 2019 9:15 AM



    I must admit I’m a bit concerned he might have taking his eye off the ball now that he’s pitching for the role of UK Food Safety Tsar.








    ‘Bob Servant Retweeted Rory Stewart


    If it is an apolitical position that comes with a parking space, big jacket with my initials on it like what football managers have and a nightclub-level smoke machine for my office, then I’m in.Bob Servant added,


    Rory Stewart


    Verified account





    I was hoping that you might consider being my UK food safety tsar?’

  5. Friesdorfer


    Arbroath dogs carry their own toilet rolls.


    Cheerio for now.




  6. The thing is, we have the same arguments all season every season. I understand where the frustration comes from for the fans who use twitter. They share a platform with Zombies and it’s unpleasant. I saw that Aribo was trending the yesterday. So I clicked on it and was treated to Zombies making jokes about child abuse.



    Some fans just want the team to sign loads of players so we can rub it in THEIR face. Especially when you consider the negativity coming from the SMSM. Make no bones about it, Sevco will win the summer regardless of what Celtic do.



    You know what’s underrated at this time of the season? Proven winners. Aribo may be exciting in the imagination of fans right now but big Tam Rogic is a hunskelper extraordinaire and has a lot of medals to back that up.

  7. traditionalist88 on

    !!BADA BING!! on 18TH JUNE 2019 9:25 AM


    Platini arrested over Qatar World Cup





    That is huge – evidence possibly been gathered for a long time on this.



    Not too late to award the tournament to a more fitting host.




  8. Morningtonfenian welcome to the blog, I just recently joined The Social Celts and have also had the pleasure of having a few libations with Melbourne Mick and Paddymacoz. Hail Hail Hebcelt

  9. Morningttonfenian @ 8.24



    (3) Celtic FC do not ‘buy’ or ‘sign’ players they ‘finally complete’ deals. The hugely dull nature of this event should be emphasised at all times by using at least one of the following terms – ‘protracted’ ‘long-running’ ‘drawn out affair’ and ‘dicking about’



    Yawn CSC

  10. Hot Smoked 9.11



    There are a great many whose negative opinions on matters Celtic just happen to coincide with those promoted by the MSSM and reinforced in converstion by those who read said MSSM.



    So true j,it appears much worse since Celtic successfully completed a third treble.negativity psy ops imo lol







    Not posted on here for a long time but here goes with passing thoughts on topical themes.



    First, I would dump our football academy. At present we have 3 regulars who came through the ranks which is no better than 10 /12 years ago with Maloney, McGeady, Marshall, Kennedy etc…



    My understanding is the Academy has been dumped in all but name. Celtic’s youth development is running in Barrowfield as it pretty much has done from the sixties (obviously more modern methology). With the same ebbs & flows in players coming through.



    I’m with you on this, think they should drop the name and your suggestion on older youths and specialist coaches is sound.



    Though if we get Adam Matthews back we won’t need a coach for shies.






    SFtBs @ 8:54 AM,



    “Another online story suggests that Brendan Rodgers once tried to sign Andreas Perreira from Man U and is now trying to get him for Leicester.



    Don’t know if there is any truth in it but, if true, it would suggest that BR had some input into transfer targets.”



    Just killing the cat…



    Did you actually read that back and consider what you were saying?



    Not that I’m criticising, you know I post random nonsensical posts all the time, no my point us this…



    …wasn’t Brendan Rodgers’ criticism that the Board weren’t signing his targets?



    That was my understanding.



    So doesn’t this kinda prove aul snakeye fraudgers’ point?






    Hail Hail



    Welcome to CQN ! I have also had the pleasure of drinking Guinness with Mick HH !

  13. weebobbycollins on

    Is the Turnbull saga still rumbling on?


    And where is our new striker?


    Peter Lawwell get your finger out (and the chequebook) and give us a RB+LB+CH+CF+….erm…I’ll


    get back to you when I can think of somone……oh yes! Another MF…


    Or else!!…

  14. Chairbhoy 9.58am



    I had logged off last night when you mentioned about Summerlee Heritage Museum, it’s well worth a visit and everybody raves about it, much like most things I probably dont appreciate it as it’s on my doorstep, MissGFTB goes regularly with her school, the fact it’s free admission makes it very popular with schools and kid clubs

  15. CHAIRBHOY on 18TH JUNE 2019 9:58 AM



    Interested to know your understanding of our lack of effort to sign Andreas Perreira.



    Whats the background to it?

  16. Morningtonfenian……………………….



    With a moniker like that you have to be a Hun….(tryin’ too hard!)


    …and that conveniently constructed antipodean backstory is just too good….


    ……..you’ll slip up soon mate…..








    Welcome aboard!




  17. Go tell the Spartim on




    Striker you say? Lennybhoy intimated that they were waiting to see how Bayo and Griff did in preseason!!!



    im a bit perplexed at that as i think we need four strikers.

  18. Hunderbirds are Gone on



    Welcome to CQN. Don’t worry about BANKIEBHOY1’s banter. I have long suspected that he is a Hunterloper and double agent from the dark side, tries too hard – Hoisted by his own petard ?



  19. Hunderburds…………..








    Y’uv goat me sussed- and see thru my wafffer thin disguise!


    “Drat, and indeed double – drat!”




  20. ….and having just checked the hoist on my oul’ petard no longer works as well as it used to…….




  21. GFTB @ 10:28 AM,



    Thanks for that, I’ll make it a stop, next time I’m up.



    CELTIC40ME @ 10:46 AM,



    No idea on – Andreas Perreira. Just having a bit of banter with SFtBs.



    The point I believe he was making was this indicated that BR did have an input into recruitment targets for Celtic.



    My point was, I always believed he had input and did put players forward. My feelings were his frustration lay with the fact that we often missed the targets and failed to close the deal.



    Hail Hail

  22. weebobbycollins on

    Go Tell the Spartim…We definitely need a ‘lead the line’ striker…Eddie is not that, Griff? Hopefully back to near his best…Bayo? Still don’t know enough of him…It’s going to be a long season with injuries and suspensions to come…We must be well prepared…I agree, 4 minimum…

  23. CHAIRBHOY on 18TH JUNE 2019 11:16 AM



    My point was, I always believed he had input and did put players forward. My feelings were his frustration lay with the fact that we often missed the targets and failed to close the deal.




    But in this case you don’t know anything, so why claim it as “proof?”.

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