Celtic set to find out fixture fate imminently with big changes to schedule already confirmed

By John McGinley

June 16, 2022

Celtic’s 2022/23 Scottish Premiership fixtures are due to be released tomorrow morning at 9am, with plenty of intrigue about the club’s opening games of the season.

Ange Postecoglou was given a very tough start to life at the Bhoys last summer with early trips to Tynecastle, Ibrox, Pittodrie and the Tony Macaroni Arena to contend with.

This term, many of those initial tests will be reversed and come at home, potentially providing something of an easier schedule, if there’s such a thing, to get stuck into.

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We already know there are some big changes to the Premiership campaign this season, primarily due to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, which is scheduled to take place between 22nd November and 18th December.

Celtic’s final league fixture before the tournament will take place on the weekend of 12th November. The Premiership won’t return until 17th December, the day before the World Cup final.

The Scotsman also reports that there will be no traditional Boxing Day card this year with fixtures scheduled for 24th, 28th December as well as the traditional new year derbies on January 2nd.

All of these are changeable due to potential TV movements during this period.

Of course, because of the break in November and December, there will be no subsequent winter break in January as has become the norm. Clubs will be playing from the end of 2022 right through to late May 2023.

Excitement will really start to ramp up for the new campaign once the fixtures are out with Celtic also due to return to pre-season training in the week beginning 27th June.

Celtic’s first pre-season match of the summer is also less than three weeks away on 6th July in Austria, against as yet unannounced opponents.

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