Loovens raring to go
Glenn Loovens has expressed his excitement at the prospect of playing under Tony Mowbray this season.
Last Updated: 20/07/09 5:29pm
Celtic defender Glenn Loovens has expressed his excitement at the prospect of playing under Tony Mowbray this season.
Mowbray was only appointed as Gordon Strachan's successor earlier this summer but he has already made an impression on Loovens with his managerial approach.
The Dutchman, who recently dismissed speculation linking him with a move away from Celtic, feels Mowbray will bring flair to the team.
He said: "Every manager has their own ideas and their own style but the one thing I can say is that I can't wait to work for him during the season. I think we all feel that.
"If there is a new manager it is always going to bring an atmosphere to the club because everyone wants to prove themselves over and over again.
"Maybe it's a bit too soon to say but he loves possession football and we practise that every training session and it's great to be involved with it.
"We also train a lot with the ball so from our point of view it's been a good pre-season.
"He looks for a lot of movement and change up front so I think it will be good to watch."
Celtic face Dinamo Moscow in the first leg of a UEFA Champions League qualifier later this month and Loovens is wary of the threat they will present.
The Russian season is in full flow, while Celtic will only have played four pre-seaon friendlies by the time they meet Dinamo.
He said: "We have only played one game and we know that in a week's time there is an important game coming up.
"So we just want to get started, get the friendly games out of the way and go for the ones that really count.
"We have to be ready, there's no doubt about it.
"I don't really watch Russian football to be fair - I don't get it on my satellite.
"But you know that it will be tough no matter who you draw and Dinamo Moscow will be tough opponents.
"I looked at their website and they have already played about 13 games so they have played a quarter of the season already so of course they have a bit of an advantage.
"But that shouldn't be an excuse for us, we are fresh and we want to show the manager what we've got so it's going to be a good game."