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  • Craig Gordon: New signings already look at home

    Craig Gordon: New signings already look at home

    By: Joe Donnelly on 10 Jan, 2019 14:01

  • CELTIC completed day four of their mid-season training camp in Dubai earlier today, and Craig Gordon believes new Bhoys Oliver Burke and Timothy Weah have already made an impact on the squad.

    The Hoops goalkeeper applauded the efforts of both Burke and Weah, the latter of whom joined the team in training for the first time on Tuesday, and looks forward to watching them develop and adapt to the Scottish champions’ style of play over the next few weeks.

    “Olly has been here for the last few days, and Timothy joined in for the first time on Tuesday,” said Gordon in an exclusive interview with the Celtic View. “That was good to see these guys in action, and see what they’re all about. They look like they’ve fitted into the squad really well already.

    “I haven’t faced up to them too much on the training pitch as yet, but it’ll good to see how they develop and get used to the way we play, and fit into the formation in the next few days and weeks.”

    Celtic’s third signing of the January window, Vakoun Issouf Bayo, is expected to join his new team-mates in Dubai later this week. Gordon described the facilities at the winter camp as the best around, and stressed the importance of family time over the new year break, before stepping things up in a training regime that reflects the intensity of pre-season.  

    The 36-year-old added: “It’s exciting times, it’s good for the new faces coming in and for the rest of the guys as well, to recap and to make sure we’re all pulling in the right direction and moving forward.  

    “I think everybody savoured the break, it’s always mentally difficult to play the amount of games that we played in that first part of the season. And it’s not always the tiredness that your body feels, it’s mentally having to get up for games time-after-time that's also hard to do.

    "That’s something we’ve done so well over the last few years, getting through games, working hard and getting on to the next game. The goalkeepers don’t cover the same distances on the pitch as the rest of the players, but the hard work we do is still very demanding on the body and it’s nice to have that little break – both physically and mentally, to reset, and to focus on our goals in the second-half of the season."

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