Celtic are set to play English Premier League side West Ham United on July 24th at Celtic Park, The Daily Record has reported this weekend.
The club have yet to confirm a new manager or director of football but are busy making arrangements for pre-season regardless, with the new season set to commence much quicker than anyone would like.
David Moyes’ side have been impressive this season could end up finishing above traditional ‘top 6’ sides such as Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham in the Premier League table this term.
The Hammers will be in the early stages of their pre-season preparations but will still pose a difficult test. It could also be a great day for fans if a lucky group are allowed back into the stadium by then.
The game against West Ham will come between the first and second legs of the Champions League second qualifying round on 20/21 and 27/28 July.
The Bhoys are seeded for that stage of the competition, but still face a tough matchup.
The runners up of Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig, Austrian Bundesliga, Danish Superliga and Czech First League will all be in the draw too. Other seedings are not yet guaranteed, but Celtic will obviously only have a chance of facing three of those five teams.
The draw will take place on 16th June in Nyon, Switzerland.
Even being seeded, it’s likely we’ll be playing an opponent at the level of a Europa League group stage, in stark contrast to our qualifying challenges over the last decade through the Champions Route.