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  • Davies: Short break helped the summer fitness levels of the Hoops

    Davies: Short break helped the summer fitness levels of the Hoops

    By: Joe Sullivan on 26 Jun, 2017 18:29

  • CELTIC were last in action barely a month ago when the final piece of the invincible treble jigsaw was put in place at Hampden on May 27 as the Scottish Cup was added to the trophy haul on the closing day of the season.

    Since that 2-1 victory over Aberdeen, players and fans alike have be hankering for another game to keep that winning mentality and momentum going, but those Celts on international duty over the summer have had an even shorter break from competitive action – including the likes of Leigh Griffith who returned to Hampden to score two unforgettable free-kicks in a 2-2 World Cup qualifier draw with England.

    However, assistant manager, Chris Davies feels that the shorter break away from football has increased the close-season fitness levels of the Hoops.

    He said before the squad departed Glasgow Airport for the pre-season training camp in Austria: “It’s a little bit different in England where you can have six or seven, or sometimes even eight weeks away.

    “Some players have had the three weeks’ rest after the cup final while others have had 10 days and some possibly even less.

    “So we’ve managed that in terms of physical conditioning to make sure that they are in the best place possible.

    “But we have noticed straight away that they’ve come back in really good condition and that is linked to not having such a long break.

    “So we’re happy with that, they are nice and fresh and have great enthusiasm and energy for the new season, so that’s all good.”

    He added: “Everyone’s here, everyone’s happy. We’ve had a great week and it was great for everyone to come together again after being away from the club for a few weeks. There’s a great spirit and a good feeling.”

    Among those who performed in that Scottish Cup final a month ago was Jonny Hayes who wore the red of Aberdeen that day, and who scored the Pittodrie side’s goal, but the Irishman is now gearing up for football in the green and white of the champions.

    Davies said:  “Jonny Hayes has been settling in very well. He’s been training now for two or three days.

    “He’s come in with the group and I think he knows some of the guys from playing against them. He’s a player we know well anyway and he’s had a great few days, so now he gets the chance to come away and train a bit more and settle in more.”

    You can keep up with the Celts and their four matches in three countries across 11 days by watching every minute LIVE on Celtic TV.

    Get all the latest pre-season updates from Austria, the Czech Republic and Ireland by following @CelticFC on Twitter.

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