Celtic’s ride to Dubai is not a holiday, David Turnbull maintains, as they look to put Rangers back under pressure.


DAVID TURNBULL says that the Celtic players are not on holiday in Dubai and they will use the training camp to give them a forum for the season’s grand finale.

After Saturday’s 1-0 loss at Ibrox – with three games in hand – Celtic are 19 points behind Rangers at the top of the Premier League.

That night, they flew to Dubai, but Turnbull says no one can mistake the trip as a chance for Celtic players to enjoy themselves.

On the contrary, he maintains that the only priority is on putting together a winning streak in the second half of the season to place pressure on the Rangers.

“It’s definitely not a break,” Turnbull said. “On the training pitch, we’re going to work hard to get it right. It’s going to be an intense training camp.

Over the weekend, the guys will take a lot of heart from the results and we’ll keep fighting and keep going. We need to produce success and that is our goal for the season’s second half.

Of course, what we expected wasn’t the outcome against Rangers. We played very well and it’s about holding the confidence and moving on.

“Our heads can’t be hung. For long stretches of the game, we played them off the field. Now we have to pick ourselves up and try and keep the significant winning streak going.

“As many games as we can, we have to win. We can’t look at anyone.

The team has proven it is more than capable of putting together a winning streak, and in the second half of the season, we need to find some consistency.

The loss we need to forget, put it in the back of our minds and move on. We’re going to concentrate on ourselves and dust off ourselves.

You must note that in the second half of the season, there is still a lot of soccer to be played.

“Everyone will give 100 percent.”


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