Date: 11th July 2016 at 12:06pm
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Celtic completed their four match tour of Slovenia with a 0-0 draw against Maribor on Saturday.

It was a largely uneventful match except for a spitting incident involving Leigh Griffiths and an ankle injury to Stefan Johansen.

Brendan Rodgers’ team choice looked close to the one he is likely to use against Lincoln Red Imps on Tuesday night with the hoops boss pleased with the way his squad responded during the visit to Slovenia.

Speaking to the Celtic website the Irishman said: “It’s been a huge benefit as it takes you away and you are virtually in each other’s pockets for the two weeks.

We have put in a lot of great work, not just on the field where the fitness has been developed throughout, but also in the tactical ideas we are trying to implement which I can see improving on a daily basis.

You get to see them more in a pressure situation but certainly over time, they’re challenged in every aspect of the game – technically, tactically, physically and mentally.

“You get to see them operate under stress and with the conditions as well which are very hot and humid, so there are a lot of stresses put on the players. But they have coped excellently and their willingness and attitude to be better players has been very clear to me.

It’s still going to take time for it to be fully integrated but we have been able to set some standards off the field as well, establishing as a team our goals that we want to achieve for the season and our values as a team, the real true values of how we want to work.

“So we have had that, along with lots of analysis, preparation and time together, getting to know characters and their behaviour.”

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