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Nuñez getting used to Glasgow

Ramon Nunez said the atmosphere at Celtic Park in Glasgow is electric.

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he has trained every day but Wednesday -- is very different from his schedule when he's training with FC Dallas. Being without his loved ones and being away from Southern Methodist University, where he is taking classes, have made his afternoons a bit less active, but Nu˜ez said he is adjusting well with help from the kind people at Celtic.

"First of all, I don't have my family here, which makes it a little bit hard, but I've done well," he said. "Celtic treats their players exceptionally, which makes it a whole lot easier. The hospitality has been great."

Nuñez has never been that far away from his family. The Honduran-born midfielder lived in Dallas before attending SMU, also in Dallas, and then left SMU's soccer team after his freshman season to join FC Dallas, who drafted him sixth overall in the 2004 MLS SuperDraft.

If Nuñez were ever to leave FC Dallas for a European club, he said, his experience at Celtic will help him as he tries to adjust to his surroundings.

"At the beginning, I bet it would be very hard because I've been used to being with my family all this time," he said. "It would be a matter of time, just getting comfortable with players and coaches, getting to know the place. There would still be an adjustment to be made, but it would definitely be a whole lot easier, just knowing what I'd go through the first days or months."

Nuñez may have a more immediate change on his hands, although it's nothing on the scale of a permanent move to a foreign country. After training all of last week with Celtic's reserve team, Nuñez may get a chance in the coming week to take to the practice pitch alongside the likes of John Hartson and the Celtic first team.

"(The training schedule) is probably going to change a little bit because the reserves have a game on Tuesday," Nuñez. "So, I'm hoping to get a chance to train with the first team, which I probably will get to do."

Jason Halpin is a contributor to MLSnet.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Soccer or its clubs.


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