CELTIC will take on a hectic 2000-mile round trip over the next six days – from Dingwall to Aberdeen to western Germany.

However, boss Brendan Rodgers isn’t worried his side gets travel sick because he reckons his players are well equipped to handle the pace.

When the new management team arrived in the summer, the Irishman and his backroom boys overhauled everything, devising a new dietary regime and setting basic weight targets for the players.
Rodgers said: “Every manager and coach will have what they feel is their best way to prepare a team.unspecified-75
“I’ve just come in, myself and my staff, we’ve brought in how we need the players to be in terms of being a certain weight in order to even train with the team.

“Some players want to play in the team, but you can’t train with the team if you’re not even at the right weight.

“You look at Scott Sinclair, for example. How robust he is, how strong he is, how fit he is, the running he puts in. It’s not by accident. He looks after his body.

“You look at Scott Brown, an example in terms of his shift in knowing every day counts when you’re a player to get that lean.

“To get that strong to be able to cover ground in the area he plays you need to be at a certain level physically.

“And now you’re seeing a player playing really at the top of his game. You can see it clearly how Scott’s shape has changed – you can see how lean he is.

“He will be the best advocate of that, he’ll speak to you more on that. But you can’t play at the level he’s playing at without change.

“I don’t know how it looked before, but in order to play how I want the team to play they have to be at a real high level. And that’s not just on the field, but this is how you lead your life, how you adapt your life to being a footballer.

“You are playing three games a week because you’re in all competitions and doing well, you have to devote your life to it.

“You need to be leaner in order to run, to be aggressive, to press and then to keep going and going and going right to the very end.

“I think the team have shown in these early stages that fitness – not just physically but mentally – is improving all the time.”

Celtic’s rigorous six-day examination starts tonight against Ross County in Dingwall before they face Aberdeen at Pittodrie on Saturday. Then it is on to Germany for the Champions League confrontation with Borussia Monchengladbach.

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