Celtic must expect ‘absolutely outstanding’ Czech welcome as Banik Ostrava boss speaks friendly

Banik Ostrava’s coach Pavel Vrba has said his side’s friendly against Celtic will be the “highlight” of their summer preparation.

Pavel Vrba can't wait for the game

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Pavel Vrba can’t wait for the game

Chez Ange Postecoglou The team traveled to Austria last week for a pre-season training camp, taking part in friendlies with Wiener Viktoria and Rapid Wien. Now they are traveling to the Czech Republic to help Banik commemorate his 100th birthday. The host club said it would be “absolutely outstanding in its atmosphere” and Vrba shares similar sentiments.

He believes that even if it is ultimately just a friendly, a big chance against the Premiership champions adds an extra element. Vrba told his club website “Of course we are aware of the game and that a full stadium is coming. The fans are looking forward to the game, too, and we will do our best to please them. The atmosphere will be great. At this respect, the match will be the highlight of the preparation.

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“Of course we understand what kind of game it is and that a full stadium will happen.

“The fans are looking forward to the match, so are we, and we will do our best to please them. The atmosphere will be great. In that sense, this match will be the pinnacle of preparation.”

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A 7-0 win over Wiener Viktoria kicked off Celtic pre-season last week before Celtic drew 3-3 with Rapid Wien on Saturday.

Friendlies with Blackburn Rovers, Legia Warsaw and Norwich City await after their trip to the Czech Republic ahead of the start of the league season against Aberdeen later this month.


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