Rogne not fazed by hectic schedule

05 April 2011 08:30

Celtic defender Thomas Rogne insists they have the squad to cope with a fixture backlog after the postponement of their game at Inverness left them facing 10 Clydesdale Bank Premier League matches in five and a half weeks.

The Hoops, who also face a Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen on April 16, could have to play four games in eight days if the SPL rule their rearranged match against Inverness must be played before the split.

Rogne said: "We would have liked to have played the game at the weekend. Unfortunately for us and the fans it was called off late. But there is nothing we could do. We got the plane back and had a good training session instead. It means we have to play it at some other time. It may be a tight schedule but we have a big squad with a lot of good players."

Winger Kris Commons revealed manager Neil Lennon had prepared them for a busy schedule.

"It just feels ages now since we last played," he said. "We are just desperate for a game and everyone was geared up and ready for the match, so to find out it got called off a couple of hours before was disappointing.

"The gaffer has made us aware of the relentless fixture list we have coming up now. We have six or seven games in 20 days or something so it's important that everyone will be playing some part in the games.

"Obviously with the games being cancelled it's going to get pretty hectic so we just need to stay fit and concentrate on these next couple of games."

Commons faces his former Nottingham Forest manager, Colin Calderwood, when he brings his Hibs team to Parkhead on Wednesday.

"I know they were near the foot of the table for quite some time," Commons said. "My old manager is there now, Colin Calderwood, and he seems to have got them a little bit more steady.

"They are picking some half-decent results and, knowing Colin like I do, he will have them very organised. I really enjoyed playing under him. He is a good manager and a very nice guy. He is one of the one of the nicer managers and is a great coach to work with."

Source: PA