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  • Celtic View Exclusive: Manager looks ahead to Friday night's game

    Celtic View Exclusive: Manager looks ahead to Friday night's game

    By: Tony Connelly on 12 Sep, 2018 11:01

  • WITH the international fixtures now over until October 11, attention turns to Celtic’s next Premiership match, which sees them take on St Mirren in the first of seven games inside four weeks.

    The trip to the St. Mirren Park will be a first for Brendan Rodgers who is expecting a tough evening from his fellow countryman, with Oran Kearney having recently taken over from Alan Stubbs.

    “I grew up with Celtic playing games at Love Street when the two sides met and it was always a renowned Scottish ground,” explained the Celtic manager. “They have a different stadium now and nice so it will be interesting to play in that for the first time.

    “I’m obviously very disappointed for Allan and how quickly in the season he’s lost his job. He’s an excellent coach and manager but he’s now gone and Oran Kearney has come in.

    “He’ll now doubt look to come in and work closely with the squad to get a bit of momentum going. We expect a tough game and we will prepare for that so I’m looking forward to going to the stadium and playing the game.

    “I’ve never met Oran. I’ve been aware if his work back home in Ireland. I think when he first went for the job in the summer through a mutual friend of ours he wanted a chance to speak and we talked briefly for the first time. He’s clearly ambitious to move on. He did a very good job at Coleraine and after Friday, I’ll wish him all the best.

    “I normally use a few days of the international break to reflect on the previous round of games,” the manager added. “It’s been nearly three months so it’s been such a busy period. I like to have thinking time to go away and take stock of everything that’s gone on.

    “When you’re trying to be creative as a manager you need that time to reflect. I try to take that opportunity to do that when possible.

    “We still have a group of players who have still been here working. We’ve all met up now and we’re preparing for our next batch of seven games inside four weeks.”

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