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Celtic manager, Brendan Rodgers has call on the Scottish football federation to look into the end of season friendlies involving Scotland and other countries. The manager is worried about at least 7 of his players that will be involved in the friendly matches.
Scott Brown, Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, James Forrest and Leigh Griffiths, plus keeper Craig Gordon, are all Scotland regulars and will be involved in the friendlies. The Celtic manager is concerned about his players wellbeing.
Scotland will be playing Peru on 29th May and Mexico on 2nd June. This will be coming weeks after the seasons have just ended and the players will be exhausted from the club activities.
Looking at the fact that Celtic will also be involve in an early Champions league qualification which will likely be on 10 or 11th July, the Celtic players that will be playing for the Scotland national team will be very tired. This is why Rodgers is calling for a “sensible decision” to be taken regarding his players.
In his lamentation, Rodgers said as quoted by BBC; “Footballers are not machines, they are human beings and need that mental and physical recovery at times, you don’t want them to be broken and burnt out too early in their career because of the number of games.”
According to a BBC report, Celtic are going to write to the Scottish FA demanding why there have to be an end of the season friendlies at Peru and Mexico. These are far locations and travelling itself contributes to the problem.
The workload on the players will eventually have a toll on their performance and Rodgers fear that the effect will most likely be felt when they play for Celtic in the Champions league play offs.
A case study is if they make it to the cup final which will be played on the 19th of May, the friendly against Peru will be 10 days later and it’s outside the shores of Scotland, Mexico. This alone has its effect.
When their mates will be on holiday or relaxing their muscles before the start of the champions league play off, Celtic players will be in action. This is one problem that have to be looked into if they want Celtic to go far in the qualification to Europe next season.