Celtic have announced an interesting bunch of friendly fixtures before the Champions League qualifiers.
The Hoops will spend 10 days at their training camp preparing for our biggest games of the season. Celtic will play two matches in Austria before heading to Switzerland for a clash against St Gallen on July 2nd.
During their time in Austria, Celtic will face SC Pinkafeld and Wiener SC on June 26th and 29th respectively. The matches will mark our first and only currently scheduled pre-season matches ahead of the qualifiers.
🗓️ #CelticFC will travel to Austria and Switzerland at the end of June and into early July on its pre-season training camp. 🇦🇹🇨🇭
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) April 17, 2019
The Champions League qualification rounds next season will see Celtic enter in the first qualifying round. The draw will be made on June 18th, with the first leg on July 9th or 10th. Celtic will be hoping to secure their progression to the second qualifying round a week later.
This is highly unlikely to be the last of the pre-season announcements either. Celtic like to keep themselves match-sharp during the European qualifiers before the domestic campaign begins.
Match-fitness essential ahead of Europe
Last season, the Hoops also held a match at Parkhead in between their first and second legs of the first qualifying round against Alashkert. Standard Liege visited Parkhead and were hammered 4-1 just four days before Alashkert came to Celtic Park for the second-leg.
The big question ahead of all of this, however, is just who will be the manager? Neil Lennon is doing himself no harm at the moment. In his eight matches so far, Celtic have won six and are unbeaten in all of them. They’ve also only conceded two goals, and Lennon has guided the Hoops to the Scottish Cup final.
To sum it up, if this was Brendan Rodgers who was getting the results Lennon was, nobody would be batting an eyelid. So credit to the Northern Irishman for the work done so far.
Will it be enough for him to take part in next season’s pre-season matches? Don’t be surprised if a victory at Hampden on May 25th against Hearts would be.