Strachan Hails Robson and Defends Spanish Trip

Last updated : 23 April 2009 By Clydebuilt
Much has been made in recent days in the press and in the phone-ins about Celtic's decision to go to Spain at such a vital stage in the season, to the extent that the manager has decided to speak out.

"There are three different factors behind this decision," he told Celtic View.

"One, that some players need some rest. Two, that some need to do a bit more training and finally, that some players need to come back and rehabilitate.

"This puts us in the position where I can do the lot.

"I can supervise everything, the rest, the rehabilitation and the training that needs to be down.

"There are also one or two wee things that need to be done, in terms of working on our shape for the last five games of the season.

"That run of games are going to be hardest games of the season.

"So these are the reasons behind this trip."

I can see no negative aspects of this sojourn in the sun. It will give the manager time to work on the areas that he listed above and it will also give the players a chance to relax and rest ahead of the important final stage of the season. The team building that this trip will afford could also have a massive say in the quest for four in a row.

One player who is looking forward to getting rested and fit and returning to first team action is Barry Robson, and Strachan took time to pay homage to a player who has dragged his nuts over broken glass in order to give himself a chance of making a return to top team action.

"It's good we have players like him who refuse to bow to injury," he said.

"That's why we have been reasonably successful. We have people like Barry who drive themselves on and want to be part of it.

"If Barry can be there for the run-in, he will be there."

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