ANGE POSTECOGLOU earlier today defended his decision not to train at Bodo/Glimt's stadium ahead of the Europa Conference League second leg clash.

Celtic head into the crucial fixture two goals down after the Norwegian side claimed a 3-1 victory in Glasgow last week.

Postecoglou and his players jetted into Norway today but decided against training at the Aspmyra Stadion as he insisted it would have no difference on the outcome of the match.

However, Go Radio pundit Davie Provan questioned the decision as he revealed he was left "surprised" by the Euro prep as Celtic trained at Lennoxtwon before flying out.

The former Celtic winger explained: "I'm a little bit surprised at that. Players always like to get a feel for the environment the night before the game.

"It's not just a tradition, I think it's good to get a look at the pitch, a feel for it, the dimensions and the whole environment.

"It surprises me that he's turned down the chance to do that.

"The conditions can affect the synthetic surfaces every bit as much as they can affect grass, that makes it even more surprising for me that Celtic aren't taking the opportunity to have a session on it.

"When I played, I always wanted to have a look at the pitch the night before the game and as a wide player you want to have a look at the dimension of the pitch and see how wide it is.

"If they bring the touchline in a couple of yards it makes a hell of a difference if you're a wide player.

"So, yeah, I'm surprised but the proof of the pudding will be Thursday night and we'll see if Celtic can overturn it."

Quizzed on his decision over training before the match, Postecoglou said: “Here in Scotland we obviously have exposure to artificial pitches, we have already had two games this year on an artificial pitch so there is no a great deal to be gained.

“Every week has a different challenge. If you are expecting that after one session you are going to find some miracle on an artificial pitch that you haven’t thought about, that is going to win you the game, then you fall into the wrong trap.

“I have been involved in football for a long time, especially at national team level but even in Australia, where you have to deal with extreme climatic conditions, extreme pitch conditions.

“When I was with the national team we were travelling from cold climates to the Middle East in literally 24 hours, bumpy pitches to slow pitches, and what I found in the end is that the best approach is to make sure that your players are always prepared to deal with whatever challenges there are.

“There is no easy solutions. Us flying there today and having a session on their pitch is going to make absolutely zero difference.

“Us being here, getting a good training session with the boys, getting them prepared for a difficult game tomorrow, is much more important to me.”