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  • Ralston: Hard work in Dubai heat will have big pay-off for Celts

    Ralston: Hard work in Dubai heat will have big pay-off for Celts

    By: Tony Connelly on 11 Jan, 2019 15:01

  • ANTHONY Ralston admitted the Dubai heat has made for some gruelling training sessions for Celtic this week, but the Hoops defender said the team will reap the benefits of their hard work in the second part of the season.

    Celtic are nearing the end of their week-long training camp in the Gulf state, and the squad have been put through their paces with high-intensity training sessions in temperatures ranging from 22 to 27°C.

    Speaking to the official Celtic website, Ralston discussed the benefits of training and the world-class facilities the team were using.

    “The sessions are really intense and the heat plays a major factor in that,” said the 20-year-old Hoops defender. “The work we’re doing is more difficult because of the heat, but we put the work in during the morning sessions and then rest and recover for the remainder of the day.

    “Everyone’s working very hard. Everything is very well set-up and we have great facilities here. We’ve been working on different things, tactically as well and doing different drills, so it’s really enjoyable and that helps push us all to work as hard as we possibly can.

    “When we go back home to training at Lennoxtown next week we’ll really see the gains we’re making in our fitness and we’ll be able to reap the benefits from that in the second half of the season.”

    Ralston’s start to the season was interrupted with injury and he spent the majority of the campaign battling to get back into Brendan Rodgers’ plans.

    His chance eventually game last month when he made his first start of the season against Motherwell at Celtic Park. And Ralston made the most of his opportunity with an impressive performance and a goal in the 3-0 win. He made two more appearances and is now determined to build on that when the season resumes next weekend.

    “I really enjoyed being in the team for the games at the end of the year and hopefully I can get more in the second half of the season,” he said. “You need to prove yourself in every game though, so it’s important to maintain the positive momentum.  

    “It’s something I need to continue doing so now I’m looking to push on in the second part of the season.”

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