Scottish cold snap stuns Samaras

13 January 2010 12:03
Being from Greece, it is no surprise to discover Samaras is not a fan of the cold.

But even he was taken aback by the Arctic conditions which have wreaked havoc on the country recently and forced the postponement of more than one of his club's games.

One training session at Lennoxtown last week will forever be etched on the memory of the 24-year-old.

"That training session will be mentioned in my autobiography when I get round to writing it," he said.

"That is without doubt the worst training conditions I have ever experienced. It will never be that bad again."

He added: "I lived in places where the snow has been worse, but it's the ice and the cold wind in Scotland that makes it worse.

"When I was in Heerenveen in Holland, I remember waking up one morning with snow about one metre deep outside my house.

"I could hardly see my car; I couldn't even open my front door.

"I lived in the same street as a lot of my team-mates. Nobody could get their cars out, so we went from home to home to try to find a way to get to training.

"We eventually came up with a solution: we just walked to training.

"It took us about 30 minutes to walk and we trained indoors. That was crazy.

"The difference between Holland and Scotland is the temperature. In Holland, it snowed a lot but it was a bit warmer."

Samaras nevertheless insists he is still "happy" in Glasgow after two years with Celtic.

Manager Tony Mowbray is close to completing seven months at Parkhead - a period which has had its ups and downs with the club out of Europe and seven points behind Rangers in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

Samaras told Celtic View: "It takes time to build a team. It's difficult for a manager when he first arrives at a new club.

"You need to get to know your players, learn strengths and weaknesses and find a spine for your team.

"The manager is doing that just now and is also trying to change our style of play a little bit.

"Since I've been at Celtic, we have always played attacking football but there have been small changes under the new manager.

"However, he needs time to do all of this.

"He knows what he wants to do for the club, but it doesn't happen overnight.

"When I first joined Celtic, I remember Gordon Strachan telling me that the first five months were the hardest because he was getting used to it all: the players, the press - everything."

Source: Team_Talk

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