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  • Manager excited by Shved and Bayo’s pre-season promise

    Manager excited by Shved and Bayo’s pre-season promise

    By: Tony Connelly on 26 Jun, 2019 14:13

  • NEIL Lennon said he has been very impressed by what he has seen of Marian Shved and Vakoun Issouf Bayo in Celtic’s Austrian training sessions so far, as he praised his squad for their impressive conditioning and drive so early in pre-season.

    The manager highlighted the many positives that have emerged from the training sessions in the intense 30-degree heat of Stegersbach as the Hoops undertook their second day of the 10-day training camp.

    The double training sessions have given Neil Lennon the opportunity to have a closer look at some of his players for the first time, including new Bhoy Maryan Shved and Vakoun Issouf Bayo, who has returned from injury.

    Speaking exclusively to Celtic TV, the manager gave an insight into his first impressions of the Ukranian winger and Ivorian striker, as well as some of the more experienced Celts making their return.

    “I’m very pleased with what I’m seeing of Marian Shved and I’m delighted with Bayo,” said Neil Lennon. “Bayo’s coming back off a long injury and looks in really good condition and is training well. It’s like having two new players.

    “Leigh is training very well too. The boys who have been out for quite a while look hungry, and it’s great to see Kouassi back out on the training ground along with the senior boys like Brown, McGregor and Bitton. They all look very good, even at this early stage.”

    Temperatures of over 30 degrees have made for gruelling training sessions for the Bhoys, which Neil Lennon said will stand his side in good stead for the challenges ahead.

    “It’s been very intense,” he said. “The players have been working very hard, as you can imagine. The temperature and the humidity is stifling. It’s very difficult conditions for them to work in, but it’s exactly what we wanted for this time of year.

    “I’ve been really pleased with the condition of not just the younger boys, but the senior boys as well.”

    Celtic will play their first game of pre-season tonight when they face SC Pinkafeld, and Neil Lennon gave an indication as to the players which would be involved.

    “We’ll not use the senior boys for the first game,” he said. “It’s too soon. They only joined us on Monday so all the international boys will miss out, so we’ll go with two teams for the game this evening.

    “These games are a natural progression towards the priority, which is the Sarajevo game. There’ll be two teams who get 45 minutes and then we’ll integrate the senior boys into the fold in the next two games. It’s good to get some match fitness and match sharpness into them and hopefully we’ll have some decent competition as well.”

    Neil Lennon's side have their first pre-season match in Austria tonight (Wednesday) against SC Pinkafeld (KO: 5.30pm Celtic Park time).

    The game is LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on Celtic TV. Subscribe to Celtic TV before 4.30pm today to watch the Hoops in action.

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