Following the Scottish Cup final next weekend, Celtic and Ange Postecoglou will shift their focus to the 2023/24 season.
Preparations are already underway for the pre-season, and today, CeltsAreHere provides a comprehensive overview of the announced plans and what the Hoops will be doing before the competitive action commences.
Celtic will first participate in a European pre-season camp. Given that the club visited Austria last summer, a similar destination might be chosen this year.
Subsequently, the Bhoys will travel to Japan for a week-long camp, during which they will play two matches.
The first match will take place on 19th July against Yokohama F. Marinos in Yokohama. The match against Ange Postecoglou, Tomoki Iwata, and Daizen Maeda’s former club will kick off at 7pm local time, or 11am UK time.
Three days later, on Friday 22nd July, the champions will face Gamba Osaka in Osaka at 11am UK time and 7pm local time.
After this, Celtic’s tour of Japan will conclude, and they will head to South Korea to play a match against Premier League side Wolves.
The match will take place on Wednesday 26th July at 7.30pm local time, or 11.30am UK time, at the Suwon World Cup Stadium in Suwon.
Following this, Celtic will return home to play Athletic Club of La Liga for James Forrest’s testimonial on Tuesday 1st August at 7.30pm.
This match will mark the end of the pre-season for the Bhoys, as the Scottish Premiership will resume the following weekend on 5th/6th August.
Celtic’s league fixtures for the 2023/24 season will be announced on Friday 30th June at 9am.
It’s set to be a busy pre-season for the Hoops, but one that will undoubtedly prepare them well for the upcoming campaign. They will face some top-quality sides, providing excellent preparation for what is hoped to be a trophy-laden 2023/24 season.