Celtic look like they’ll be following the traditions of recent years with next season’s pre-season schedule. The Hoops are bound once again for Austria where they’ll play Pinkafeld (26th June), Wiener (29th June) and St. Gallen (2nd July in Switzerland).

They did this in all three seasons under Brendan Rodgers. It worked for the first two years at least with the Hoops securing Champions League group stage football.

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Celtic also play one ‘glamour’ friendly at Celtic Park. In recent years Lyon and Standard Liege have been the opposition. This year it will be Rennes who the Hoops met in the Europa League under Neil Lennon in 2011.

The French Cup winners will travel to Glasgow on 13th July – between the two legs of our first Champions League qualifier.

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History also suggests that Celtic will make a trip over to Ireland near the start of July. The Hoops have thumped Shamrock Rovers 7-0 and 9-0 in the last two years and the same opposition may be in line this year too.

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The games in the past have given the first team players a chance to get some more minutes under their belt in a pretty forgiving environment. They have also helped boost confidence ahead of the upcoming European campaign.

Celtic haven’t announced a trip to Ireland yet but the date is still free in the diary. Keep an eye out for that one.

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