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  • Frail: Young Celts relishing return to action

    Frail: Young Celts relishing return to action

    By: Mark Henderson on 07 Jul, 2015 13:56

  • STEVIE Frail says Celtic’s Development Side are relishing their first outing of the summer tonight when they take on Real Gandia in Spain.  

    The young Hoops have been gearing up for the new season at the top-class facilities of the Oliva Nova Resort near Valencia, undergoing rigorous training sessions in the intense heat since they arrived from Scotland nine days ago. The trip has been funded by Erasmus Plus.

    Speaking to the official website, Frail said: “We have just been out for just over a week and it’s been first class. We've had 12 sessions outside. There are two nights when we haven’t trained because of the amount of work they are putting in. They are going to the gym in the afternoon as well, so including that they are about up at 20 sessions.

    “The heat is a factor and it’s probably helping them get their fitness quicker. The facilities are first class and the hotel is geared to an environment of working so it’s been very beneficial.

    "The players have been a credit to the club. We are in a family hotel but they are under the radar and no one would know they are here. Their behaviour has been exemplary. It’s been a fantastic week.

    “The players will be looking forward to the game. The training has been hard work and they will want to play. They will be used to the facility where we will be playing as it’s where we have been training every day.

    “It’s against a local team who hopefully will be around the same age, though they might have a few older ones which will be a test. It’s a game they are all looking forward to getting involved in.

    “It’s a seven o’clock kick-off so the heat won’t be as intense. Playing games is what we are here for and what their whole pre-season is about, getting them up to that level of fitness going into matches.”

    Many of the squad in Spain are players who are stepping up from the Under-17s but Frail has been pleased at how they have made the adjustment.

    The coach said: “They know the demands and they know the philosophy in terms of the style of play. It’s probably closer to what the first team are doing than they were last year – the closer you get to the first team it’s more about what the manager is looking for. But that’s right through the Academy now.

    “We have an idea of how we play and it’s just about trying to get that style of play into them so they know what we are looking for in every game.

    "It will take time, but it’s good trying to get that information into them. In the last few days everything has geared towards to the game and it will be good to see if it comes off tonight. 

    "We only have 18 players and a few with slight injuries so we don’t have a lot but hopefully they will all get game-time.

    “The heat might be factor in terms of the way we play as we like to play quite aggressively in terms of pressing high, but it could it really take it out them because it is so hot, so it’s something we need to discuss before the match.”

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