By Billy Gaddi
Following on from the hoops disastrous 2020/21 season they will be hoping to hit the ground running with qualification to the UEFA Champions League but before that, there are the friendlies to deal with.
Today Celtic announced a pre-season friendly against David Moyes’ West Ham United at Celtic Park on Saturday, July 24 (KO: 3 pm) this will follow on from Celtic’s Champions League Qualifier on July 20/21.
West Ham finished the season strongly in 6th place and will be playing Europa League football next season narrowly missing out on the top 4 and a Champions League place.
Aside from West Ham, Celtic will undertake a training camp in Wales from July 4th to July 14th where they will play three pre-season friendly matches against:
- July 7: v opposition TBC (KO: 3 pm)
- July 10: v Charlton Athletic (KO: 3 pm)
- July 14: v Bristol City (KO: 7:45 pm)
All three games will be played away from home and behind closed doors.
Following on from the camp, Celtic will return to Glasgow to face Preston North End at Celtic Park on July 17th on the build-up to their first Champions League qualifier.
However, there is no mention if these games at home will feature supporters, a statement from Celtic said:
“Clearly, we are encouraged by the recent announcement of supporters being allowed entry at sporting events across Glasgow this summer, including at Hampden and on Glasgow Green.
“Celtic has been at the forefront of the effort to get supporters back with us and now as we move back to normality, we are preparing to welcome you home to Celtic Park.
“We will be doing all we can to achieve this as soon as possible and will update all our supporters on developments as we look ahead to the new season.” [Source]
Celtic will face either Rapid Vienna, Galatasaray or Midtjylland in the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round with the draw being on June 16, with the games on 20/21 and 27/28 July.
However, if Manchester United win the Europa League tonight Galatasaray couldn’t play Celtic at this stage.
If Celtic progress they will be seeded and could face either Rapid Vienna, Galatasaray, Midtjylland, PSV, Sparta Prague, Genk or Spartak Moscow, however, this depends on who wins in the second qualifying round.
The playoff would add Shakhtar, Benfica and Monaco but Celtic won’t be seeded in this round.