The European Championships are not even past the group stage yet, but Celtic fans are already anticipating their team’s return to action ahead of the new season.

The Hoops play out their first friendly in just a fortnight as they travel to face Scott Brown’s Ayr United.

Scott Brown
10th December 2023; Rugby Park, Kilmarnock, Scotland: Scottish Premiership Football, Kilmarnock versus Celtic; Ex Celtic player Scott Brown arrives for the match

A 7.45 pm kick-off is set at Somerset Park on Friday the 5th of July, with the champions then facing Queen’s Park at the City Stadium (also known as Lesser Hampden) five days later on Wednesday the 10th, with the same start time.

After these opening two clashes, the Bhoys then cross the pond. Brendan Rodgers’ men have three games to contend with in the States, the first taking place at Audi Field against DC United. The game kicks off at half past midnight UK time, on Sunday 21st of July.

The following midweek – on Wednesday 24th July – the Celts then take on English Premier League champions Manchester City. Back in the UK, the clash once more begins at 12.30 am.

Finally, the Bhoys round off their preparations for the new season with a tie against Chelsea at Notre Dame Stadium in Indiana. This time around, the kick-off is slightly kinder to fans here in Scotland and across the UK, with a 9 pm start set for Saturday 27th July.

A week later on the weekend of 3/4th of August, Celtic begin the defence of their title. The quest for four-in-a-row will likely begin with a home match, but we will find out all the Scottish Premiership fixtures next Thursday, the 27th of June, at 9 am.


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