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White shirted fitness freaks arrive at Training Centre

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Fixtures are out and the management team are in-situ at Bobbylennoxtown; the air of anticipation for a new chapter in a 126-year-old story lies heavy over Celtic supporters.  I wish we were starting tomorrow.

If you are a Celtic player, what would your overbearing sentiment be today?  If it was me, looking at photos of those two white-shirted fitness freaks at the Training Centre today, I’d be tempted to get out for a run, before the real business starts next week.

There are only a few things a manager can do in his first few days in charge of a new squad but setting standards for fitness and training are two clear examples.  Monitoring is not just about stepping on the scales anymore, the players will have their body fat, glycogen levels and heart beats documented from when they get back and throughout the season thereafter.  With benchmarks for all, as well as performances.  I’m feeling tired even thinking about it.

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  1. Fear factor creeping in to the England camp from their captain of all people.

     

     

    “It could be a terrible long, frustrating summer if we don’t get it right on Thursday. There is no hiding place for a player when you go out of a tournament.

     

     

    “It can be tough as a player and it can take an awful long time to get over it. I have been there. I know what that feeling is about and that is the feeling that I don’t want come Friday morning.”

     

     

    Up to now thought England would win but now ……..

  2. spikeysauldman on

    vote yes for independence and a constitution and a queen as head of state.

     

     

    oh, haay – no way .

     

     

    as for milliband’s latest – what a total f**** joker.

     

     

    meanwhile back at the world cup……..

  3. Paul 67

     

     

    It won’t be long until your learned high hied yins on

     

     

    your blog are writing ‘books’ about the Deila & Collins

     

     

    era. imho

     

     

    Good luck – Off oot.

  4. tomtheleedstim on

    Twists n Turns – 4.25 Brown Panther – Michael Owen’s horse.

     

    Seen it beat my choice twice at Pontefract – could go close at about 6/1

     

    (buyer beware)

  5. I think England will get beaten tonight if Suarez is anywhere approaching fit. Their defence is rotten and he’ll run riot………….That would be funny.

     

     

    On the topic of professional footballers fitness again.

     

     

    Pre-season these days is about getting your touch back and not really working on core fitness, most professionals keep that with good diet and exercise.

     

    In days gone by footballers downed tools post Scottish Cup final and slobbed like the rest of us on drink and rubbish food, i’d guess few will do that these days. If they do, they should be fined.

  6. tom

     

     

    yes, I personally just think it’s probably a safer ew bet than win option. Then again, that’s why I’m at work and Paddy Power is probably lying in the sunshine somewhere!

  7. Leftclicktic

     

     

    Ridiculous having a tear in your eye as you’re trying to work with others around you….but that was me after reading that blog.

     

     

    Tremendous, many thanks.

  8. Pre season training for entry into the ole Gazebo starts Sunday.

     

    Bournesouprecipe in charge of warm up, The Battered Bunnet the set plays and Jobo general fitness. Ole Dontbrakkbackinanger will take care of any niggling injuries.

     

    Calderglen Park 1.00pm

     

    Big crowd guaranteed for the return of our heroes!

     

     

    EC67

  9. Eyes Wide Open on

    Once again Paul67 I am with you on this one – there is one thing I am concerned about.

     

     

    The one thing no one can dispute about WGS’s tenure is that – bar the last 6 months (when I think players just hit that thing runners call the ‘wall’) – we were the fittest team on the pitch no matter who we played.

     

     

    That disappeared under Lennon – and in his defence I think it may have been caused by the still ongoing curious tale of continuous soft muscle injuries being picked up by everyone bar Efe Ambrose!

     

     

    Do you have any indication or does anyone have any news to update with where that investigation finished?

     

     

    Will a high intensity, fitness focussed regime succeed in Lennoxtown?

     

     

    Will we have to move back to Barrowfield in the winter?

  10. For any CQN bird lovers out there

     

     

    One lovely bird

     

     

    Got this shot this morning near Glasgow can’t say where because the bird has never nested in this location before and it’s protected.

     

     

    It was real hard to see against the similar coloured lichen and I could not get any closer for a portrait because of the terrain and the bird spooks easy when it sees humans.

     

     

    Taken with a 500mm mirror lens

     

     

    Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

  11. Eyes Wide Open on

    In case anyone is wondering and asking the question – the answer is yes, I often read back after writing something and think myself, you could have asked the same thing with a tenth of the words!!

  12. Joe Filippis Haircut on

    Where are all the transfer rumours there are so few I was thinking of making some up myself. It was good in the old days when we used to get the odd leak or two come on Celtic wits going on we want to know.H.H.

  13. IGC :

     

     

    1. Seff Blatter.

     

     

    2. Jose Mourinho

     

     

    3. John Hughes. The original Yogi.

     

     

    4. Peter Lawell.

     

     

    5. Giovanni Trapattoni

     

     

    That is way too hard.

     

     

    HH.

  14. A majority of Scots in the Borders area plan to vote to stay in the UK in September’s independence referendum, a poll has found.

     

     

     

    A ComRes survey for ITV Border News of voters in Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders council areas in June found 61% propose to vote No, up from 59% in January.

  15. darwinsbeautifulidea on

    THINEDIMEBHOY DO YOU HAVE A LICENSE TO PHOTOGRAPH THIS SPECIES AT IT,S NEST,EVEN TO KNOWINGLY APPROACH THESE BIRDS AT THEIR NEST IS AN OFFENCE WITHOUT ONE

  16. ***LUNCHTIME QUIZ***

     

     

    No winners today again, so it’s a double rollover next time on the quiz that makes you say “No 2 was definitely not Dermot desmond”.

     

     

     

    So the answers to who said what:

     

     

    1. “Celtic fans, you are great, you are marvellous”

     

    Sepp Blatter (FIFA President, 2003)

     

     

    2. “I don’t make anything of anything to do with Rangers.”

     

    Gordon Strachan (Then Celtic manager)

     

     

    3. “Football will survive because of teams like Celtic and its fans.”

     

    Age Hareide (Helsingborg manager, 2012)

     

     

    4. “This is what we need in Italy, this type of environment. This was the essence of sport. To hear the Celtic fans singing and chanting after the game was incredible.”

     

    Carlo Ancelotti (AC Milan manager, 2007)

     

     

    5. “We work hard all week, but on a Saturday we get the day off to play football”Bertie Auld (Celtic Legend)

  17. The Battered Bunnet on

    EC67

     

     

    That’ll be the shortest close season in history. Our final game of the season is Saturday, 3pm K Park. (We moved it from the Sunday due to the baton malarkey)

  18. timmy7_noted on

    Thindimebhoy

     

     

    12:58 on 19 June, 2014

     

     

    If you took that where I think you did its a well known site open to the public.

     

    Is it the one in New Lanark where the RSPB have a hyde?

  19. angelgabriel on

    Hawksby & Jacobs show on Talk Sport are doing an interview with the Rio CSC soon.

     

    One of the pair just asked why , & will they be complimentary toward England ?

  20. BigChipsUK – There are only two SPL teams in Glasgow… Celtic and Partick Thistle

     

    13:06 on

     

    19 June, 2014

     

    I’m loving this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/scottish-championship/table

     

     

    …and long may it continue. ;o)

     

    ==============================================

     

    Yes but if they went under their proper name, i.e. `THE Rangers` then they would be in….err…..(quickly recites alphabet in his heid) ..em..

     

    Just where they should be.

  21. Thindimebhoy

     

     

    12:58 on 19 June, 2014

     

     

    For any CQN bird lovers out there

     

     

    One lovely bird

     

     

    Got this shot this morning near Glasgow can’t say where because the bird has never nested in this location before and it’s protected.

     

     

    It was real hard to see against the similar coloured lichen and I could not get any closer for a portrait because of the terrain and the bird spooks easy when it sees humans.

     

     

    Taken with a 500mm mirror lens

     

     

    Peregrine Falcon Fledgling

     

     

     

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    Good stuff.

     

     

    How far away were you when you took the photo?

     

     

    Hope you’ve got a licence.

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