Celtic found out the first hurdle of next season on Tuesday when the Champions League first qualifying round draw was made. Neil Lennon’s men will face FK Sarajevo of Bosnia and Herzegovina over two legs with the winner progressing to the second qualifying round.
While little is known about the Bosnian side, what is known is the fixture make-up of the tie. The first leg will be played at Celtic Park on 9th/10th July with the return a week later.
That means that the Bhoys will kick-off Lennon’s second spell as permanent manager in front of a capacity crowd in the east end of Glasgow.
Set a marker
The game will give Lennon and his side the chance to put down a marker for the new season in front of a big home support. The match will almost certainly be on the season book meaning that the best part of 60,000 fans will pack the stadium for the occasion.
It will give the new Celtic boss and his players the chance to impress them and dismiss some of the negativity surrounding his appointment. Winning is the only thing that will get rid of some of the discerning voices and the match at the start of July is a perfect opportunity. On the flip side, a less than inspiring performance could heighten anxiety.
Celtic registered a goal difference of just +3 in Lennon’s five home matches as interim boss. We failed to win two and won the other three by just a single goal. Fans will be hoping to take at least a two goal lead to the Bosnian capital. Otherwise it could be a close call.