Antonio Conte insists Juventus’ choice to train at Rangers’ Murray Park facilities had nothing to do with the fact they are playing Celtic this week.
The Italian powerhouse trained in Milngavie on Monday morning, ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League meeting at Parkhead, which attracted plenty of attention from the Scottish media who saw it as a ploy to get inside the heads of the Hoops.
But Conte has dismissed that notion, stating that it was simply a matter of finding somewhere to have a run prior to a crunch match.
"It was only through the Italian press that I learned of the astonishment about this here in Scotland," said Conte.
"I found some of the criticism strange. The choice was simply a technical one. The clubs reached an agreement, we needed a training pitch with two sets of goalposts so, as far as I was concerned, that was it."