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Celtic head for Spain as SPL takes mini break

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Celtic are taking advantage of the mini-SPL break to head for a training camp in Spain after the final holiday fixtures over New Year.
 
The squad will be in Marbella for a week whilst boss Neil Lennon  has revealed he’ll cut short his stay to head to England to check out players.
 
He said: “I’m going out for the first three or four days and then going to England to watch games.
 
“I’ll leave Johan Mjallby, Garry Parker and Stevie Woods to take care of things.”
 
While Lennon won’t stay for the duration of the trip, he’s delighted his team will get some quality recuperation time.
 
After a gruelling first half of the campaign, which has seen the team progress in the Champions League, Scottish Cup and League Cup as well as setting the pace at the top of the SPL, Lennon’s players will have the chance to regain their freshness ahead of a push for trophies.

And the Parkhead manager said: “Two weeks off is  great. They will spend time with their families and maybe go back to their
home countries.

“They can then meet up and have a good week in a different environment and enjoy a change of scenery. That’s always good.
 
“The players will have a week to refresh their mind and bodies.
 
“I don’t know how significant the winter break in 2001 was to our success, but it was beneficial.

“I’d done my hamstring against Celta Vigo that season and it cut short my time out of the team as I didn’t miss too many games because of the winter break.
 
“I felt great when I came back.
 
“We don’t have too many long-term injuries but it will give us a chance to rest any players with niggles and aches.
 
“Guys like Scott Brown and Mikael Lustig have been playing with knocks so it will give them a chance to free that up ahead of a heavy schedule.
 
“People are saying: ‘Do you want this break?’ But I think it is important because we have already played 30-odd games this season.
  
Tonight’s clash at Dundee sparks a week-long schedule which also includes matches with Hibs and Motherwell.
 
Lennon wants his team to head for Spain in good spirits and added: “We have three games to go before the break and I hope we’re feeling good about ourselves by then.
 
“Our tails are up and we are starting to hit the form we expected.”

If Lennon is right, Celtic may also reap the rewards when the Champions League knock out stages strat in the New Year. In contrast, as well as busy Premier League schedules, the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal have the FA Cup, league and Champions League to contend with.

When you look at United's sudden injury list with the likes of Rooney, Wellbeck and Vidic all out on Boxing day perhaps the time is right for the Premier League to follow the SPL's lead.?


 

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