Jon Dahl Tomasson is happy with the direction of Blackburn Rovers’ pre-season work and is counting on a “tough day at the office” when his team arrive at Celtic Park on Saturday.
The English Championship side have already made the trip to Scotland, drawing 1-1 with Dundee at Dens Park last night.
That wasn’t as poor a result as the scoreline suggests, with the new Rovers boss opting to field a youthful-looking team owing to the intensity of their training sessions this week.
It’s all by design, with the former Malmo boss hoping Saturday is another peak challenge for his group ahead of competitive football later this month.
As quoted by Yahoo! Sports, Tomasson said after Wednesday night’s draw: “I’m really happy. I think we made some steps physically, good direction with and without the ball. We saw a lot of youngsters, with some senior players who took care of those boys, we saw a team creating chances, dominating with and without the ball and getting more or less 75 minutes for them all which is a positive.
“I hadn’t arranged the games, so we needed to work around how to get the best opportunities for each player to improve, and to see the players but also getting the best physical planning.
“If I had organized it myself I would have worked it up and always try and hit two tough moments each week, which is what we’re doing at the moment.
“Tuesday was an extremely tough day for those that didn’t play and they will have a tough day at the office on Saturday. You need to have volume, have intensity, and we’re training extremely hard, which is something new for a few of the boys with regards to intensity and they need to work.”
If the former Danish international sends his team out with that spirt this weekend, then it will only make Ange Postecoglou happy.
The Australian is very keen on every friendly this summer feeling like a real contest rather than a 90 minutes to go through the motions during.
Tomasson knows how to get a result in Glasgow, of course, having famously beaten Rangers in UEFA Champions League qualification last summer with Malmo before going on to secure a spot in the group stage.
Celtic supporters will be hoping for a different outcome this time around. Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off is on the season ticket and it’ll be the first opportunity to see Postecoglou’s outfit in the flesh this summer, with potential home debuts for Alexandro Bernabei and Ben Siegrist.
Here’s hoping for a competitive, combative 90 minutes that enables the Bhoys to continue positive pre-season preparations.
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