Blackburn Rovers manager Jon Dahl Tomasson has reacted to today’s draw against Celtic at Celtic Park, describing it as a “great test in a great stadium.”
Tomasson arrived in Glasgow after a week’s training camp in Dunblane, having also made the trip to face Dundee mid-week.
He’s a new arrival at Rovers and faces an uphill task to put together a squad capable of pushing towards the English Championship play-offs this season.
Facing Celtic was an important moment for him and his players with just a couple of weeks to go until the start of the competition action.
Reacting to today’s game, he told Lancs Live: “It was a great test in a great stadium. I think they enjoyed the game, a lot of chances were created for both sides. We played against a well-coached team with a very young side. I think we learned a lot from this game with our decision on and off the ball. It was a friendly but there were a lot of tackles flying around. You need that, football is about passion.
“I’d love to have more of the ball but they made it difficult for us, especially in the first half. They were good on the ball, Celtic play in the Champions League and we have just started this project with a lot of youngsters. I must admit the spirit that the players showed they did well. We created chances and in the second half, we kept the ball a bit better.”
Rovers certainly looked like they were struggling to get close to Celtic in the first half, despite their shockingly early goal.
Nonetheless, they did come back into the game after the interval as the Bhoys made substitutions. The away side actively searched for an equalizer, which eventually came at 2-2.
Tomasson also alludes to the ‘tackles flying around’, which certainly offered Celtic a look at the physical and combative nature of the English Championship, to some home supporters’ displeasure.
I doubt this game will be remembered as a classic – pre-season encounters rarely are – but it was still a good workout for both sides heading deeper into July.
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