Expert tells Celtic fans 'you've got to think bigger' and lay off Postecoglou as plan for 'rest of season' explained
Ange Postecoglou does not deserve “flack from fans” for his rotation policy at Celtic – it’s all part of his “long-term strategy”.
So says injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine and data analysis.
Celtic named an unchanged line-up from their 3-2 victory over Ferencvaros in mid-week when they beat Dundee 4-2 on Sunday, 7 November.
But the manager is known for his rotation policy and has even felt the need to defend it publicly in recent weeks.
As quoted by the Glasgow Times on 3 November, Postecoglou said: “Of course we have to rotate, we have to be really careful.”
Dinnery claims that the manager’s tendency to shuffle his pack is best practice when it comes to preventing a pile-up of injuries.
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“I know he’s taken some flack from fans for his rotation policy, but you’ve got to think bigger,” he told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams.
“Post-match recovery strategy will always kick in as soon as that final whistle blows in Europe on Thursday.
“Your focus shifts immediately to the following game and preparing your players for that.
“Squad rotation and management is key in keeping players fresh and minimising the risk of suffering setbacks.
“That may be to the detriment of team performance or even result on occasions.
“That’s because your considerations aren’t only in the short-term but about long-term strategy over the rest of the season.
“All it takes is one or two setbacks or injury issues to pick up and the squad gets stretched. Once you start to take risks, that’s when these issues crop up.
“Players who are playing three games per week aren’t usually getting a lot of minutes on the training pitch.
“It’s more about managing their intensity when you’re playing so often.”