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  • Manager: We'll be hard at work on Christmas Day

    Manager: We'll be hard at work on Christmas Day

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 24 Dec, 2018 10:01

  • BRENDAN Rodgers and his team are once again this year’s Christmas Number One, the Hoops’ 3-0 victory over Dundee at the weekend ensuring they’re top of the Premiership table for the festive season.

    But the squad will not have too much time to reflect on their lofty position, given they’ll be training on Christmas Day ahead of a tough trip to Aberdeen the following day.

    Speaking to the Celtic View, Brendan Rodgers said: “Other professions perhaps can’t believe that we’d be in on Christmas Day, but that’s just part of the football life. It’s a busy time of the season and you have to stay professional.

    “In some cases, you’re maybe having your Christmas dinner on December 24 because you’re up early and training on the 25th, and then you’ve got a game – but it’s no hardship.

    “We’re in a very privileged life. Yes, we make sacrifices but it’s the football life so you know you’re busy in that period and you just get on with it.”

    The Boxing Day clash at Pittodrie will be the eighth of nine games that Celtic will play in December, with the Glasgow derby this Saturday, December 29 also the last game of the year and the final one before a well-earned and welcome winter break for the players.

    For the manager, that period in January is absolutely vital for the players after a demanding schedule of games in the first half of the season.

    “You get the chance to recover, which is absolutely critical,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate in that the break has come in during my time up here, but there’s no doubt it helps.

    “Amongst everything that’s going on in the game, and all the new things in life and technology and analysis, players are people – they’re not robots.

    “You can’t just keep churning out – you can but you risk injury and then risk the level of the game – the game can’t be played to the same quality because it’s just about getting through. You can’t physically play to the level with that many games, without recovery.

    “So, thankfully, there’s a countdown to the end of December by which time, for us, we’ve virtually played a season’s worth of games in half a season, so the players need recovery and then they can go again.”

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