The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has said that he is extremely concerned about the international break because it more often than not results in the fitness regime of the players being broken, while many players also return injured from international duty.
The Celtic manager recently had secured his first away win in Europe, which also was the first for the club. The 3-2 win over Spartak Moscow was followed by the narrow 1-0 win over Hearts in the Scottish Premier league. This has made them one of the inform teams in British football, but the occurrence of yet another international break after just more than a month has spoilt the run according to the Celtic manager.
Neil Lennon has also expressed his concern about the fitness of the players who return after the international break. Scotland will be playing against Wales and Belgium in the two World Cup qualifying matches this week. He has said that more than 35 players of the Celtic squad will be involved in international matches, which is certainly not ideal preparation once they return back and play in the domestic competitions. There has been a recent resolution passed in the European football that international friendlies will be limited to just six days per year rather than 12 days as it is right now.
"ItŽs right through the club now from Academy level all the way through to the first team. I think we have 35 involved throughout the club which is quite a remarkable stat really. Whilst I would never stop anyone going and representing their country, it can be a very concerning time for me personally, just knowing if the players are going to be okay," said the Celtic manager. A number of the Celtic players will be playing against each other because they are included both in the Scotland and Wales squad.