Everyone in the Hearts dressing room "buzzing" to play Celtic in opener; we'll see

By John McGinley

July 1, 2021

Hearts defender Craig Halkett reckons facing Celtic is the perfect way to kick off their Scottish Premiership campaign later this month.

Celtic travel to Tynecastle on 31st July for Ange Postecoglou’s first Scottish Premiership encounter.

Unusually, the match kicks off on a Saturday night, at 8 pm.

Live on Sky Sports, it’s set to be an enthralling start to the season.

Hearts are arriving from the Scottish Championship and Halkett is excited by the prospect of facing the Bhoys.

Speaking to The Herald, he said: “It’s a great first game – at home, on TV, against one of the two big teams in the country.

“I don’t think we could have got a better start. Everyone in the changing room was buzzing when we found out because these are the games you want to play in. We’re just raring to go.

“Going back to when we were relegated, we’ve done the job everyone wanted. As players, we wanted to get back up to the top flight. That’s where Hearts should be.

“Now it’s about getting off to a good start and getting the club back to the top end of that table, where they should be.”

Let’s hope Hearts aren’t so cheery on the other side of Celtic match

It’s hard to believe that by the end of this month we’ll have come through our first Scottish Premiership test. It’s also a little scary.

The Bhoys don’t seem very well prepared for the challenges ahead. Ange Postecoglou is still playing catch-up in a lot of areas.

However, I’m also looking forward to the Tynecastle visit. Playing that lot under the lights with live on the telly is one of the highlights of our Scottish calendar.

Celtic last played Hearts in a Scottish Cup Final / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Obviously, we’re hoping that Halkett and Hearts aren’t so ‘buzzing’ to have met the Bhoys by the time Postecoglou’s team are off the pitch.

We really should be seeing off a newly-promoted side regardless of the occasion or who it is. Fingers crossed.

In other news, Celtic would only have to pay £200,000 for Osaze Urhoghide.