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  • Scott Brown: Dubai training camp will be beneficial again

    Scott Brown: Dubai training camp will be beneficial again

    By: Laith Al Naeme in Dubai on 07 Jan, 2018 15:18

  • A REFRESHED and recharged Scott Brown says that Celtic’s mid-season training camp in Dubai last year was a huge benefit to the Bhoys, and the Hoops captain expects the camp to have another positive impact this season.

    From nine games in December, the Celts secured European football after Christmas and increased their lead to eight points at the top of the Scottish Premiership table. 

    Brendan Rodgers' side also clinched their fourth piece of silverware in a row back in November after a 2-0 win at Hampden against Motherwell in the League Cup final.

    After relaxing for a few days, the Bhoys have now started their winter training camp in Dubai, with Brown and his team-mates having their first training session today (Sunday). And the Celtic captain reckons the combination of rest and training in the warm sunshine will stand the Champions in good stead once they resume competitive action later this month. 

    Speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website, Brown said: “The break’s been good. We’ve had time to rest and recharge our batteries. It’s nice to come over here and train in the sun, instead of the pouring rain and the weather conditions right now at Lennoxtown. 

    “Last year’s camp gave us a little rest and we kicked on from there. It was good for everyone to go away and forget about the football for a week. Now we’ve come back, and big Marvin Compper’s come in so we’ll get to know him over the next week. Everyone goes out for dinner together so it’s a good time for bonding.”

    Unlike last season, Brendan Rodgers’ Bhoys now have European football to look forward to next month, with a last 32 UEFA Europa League tie against Zenit Saint Petersburg, and Scott Brown believes the warm-weather training camp will help in preparation for that clash. 

    “That was what we wanted at the start of the Champions League group stages and we managed to do it," he explained. "It’s been a long time since we’ve done that so it’s good for the club, and the training camp will help us prepare for that. 

    “We’ll sit down once we get back from Dubai and set targets again to see what we want to hit and to see how high we can aim yet again.”

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