Loovens’ relief as Hoops return to training
By: Mark Henderson on 30 Jun, 2011 10:29
CELTIC’S touring squad of Australia took their first tentative steps on to the pitch following their arrival down under earlier in the week.
After spending some time recuperating from the draining effects of jetlag, a group of players made the short journey from their Sydney hotel to Macquarie University to be put through their paces.
One of those involved was Glenn Loovens and, while he had yet to fully recover from the exertions of the voyage, the Dutchman declared his delight at back playing football again.
“Of course, that’s what we are here for – to train and play games,” he told the official website in an exclusive interview. “But I am glad training is over, though, because it’s quite hard with the jet-lag and everything.
“I think the boys had about three or four hours’ sleep last night, so while it’s good to have the first training session done, I think everyone can have a rest now.
“I think it will take a few days to adjust. The first night was okay but last night I had about three or four hours sleep so it’s a bit disappointing but I am sure I will catch it up.”
“After a break, everybody is refreshed to get started again,” he added. ”I always love pre-season, not so much the running bit but just getting back with the boys to play some football.”
The first of those will come on Saturday as the Hoops (Free bet) Kick-off their three-match tour with a clash against A-League side, the Central Coast Mariners.
Not blessed with a vast knowledge of the game in Australia, Loovens doesn’t know how stringent an examination they will pose.
However, he knows the importance of getting off to a positive start and is excited about a return to competitive action.
“It’s always good to get the first game. I think everyone is a bit excited about it. It will just be nice to play a game again, and I am sure we are going to do well.
“It’s always good – the first game. I think everyone was a bit excited and it was just nice to play a game again and I’m sure we are going to do well.
“I don’t follow the Australian League much but I know it’s a bit up and coming. There are a lot more Dutch players are going out to the Australian league. But it will be a good game and it will be mainly for fitness and getting used to each other.”
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