Celtic captain Scott Brown has spoken out about his concerns over player burnout after the Scottish champions returned to pre-season training.

The Hoops played their last game of the 2018/19 season on the 25th May, just 24 days ago, but are already back preparing for next season with their Champions League qualifier set to take place between the 9th and 10th July.

This has led to Brown, 33, criticising the football calendar in Scotland, telling the BBC:

For me, the Scottish FA could help us out a little bit, they can look at the fixture list. It’s almost a full 12 months or a year now and no holiday time.

It’s all about us making sure we keep our bodies in good condition and that we’re ready to hit the start of the season flying.

Some players, such as Callum McGregor, were also involved in the EURO 2020 qualifiers and played as recently as a week ago in Scotland’s loss to Belgium.

That fact wasn’t lost on Brown, who commented:

Callum McGregor played 69 games and he has a week-and-a-half off, so it’s hard to get everyone balanced off [in regards to fitness levels].

For us in the early games, it’s about making sure we’re up to scratch. It also means less running in pre-season because you’re straight into the games.

Here’s hoping in the next couple of years they can help us out. It would help most clubs

The Scottish league season is due to restart on the first weekend of August, by which point Celtic could have already completed two double-legged European ties.

Celtic's 2019/20 season