Celtic's big early season opportunity after SPFL announcement

By Lewis Laird

June 17, 2022

The anticipation for the 2022/23 season is now well and truly underway, with the SPFL confirming the fixtures for this coming campaign.

Ange Postecoglou is getting set for his second season in charge, and his side feels in much better shape going into the new season.

The Celtic manager will be looking to hit form right from the off and has the chance to set down a marker in the first few opening games, in stark contrast to the first six games last summer.

As expected, the Hoops will be opening the campaign at Paradise with a big Flag Day. It’s against Aberdeen. However, the Celtic fans will have to wait an extra day to see Postecoglou and his players in action, with the game being scheduled on Sunday, 31st of July.

The Bhoys then face back-to-back away fixtures, travelling to Dingwall to take on Ross County, before facing last season’s promoted side Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

Before August is out, Postecoglou’s side will be returning to Parkhead and be up against Europa League group stage hopefuls Hearts and then making the trip up to Tannadice, where they secured the title last season.

The sixth game of the season is a date that all supporters would have been keeping a close eye on, as Celtic take on Glasgow rivals Rangers in the first derby of the season at Celtic Park on the opening weekend of September.

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The Hoops will be looking to carry over the form from last season into the first round of fixtures in the hope that we can build up an early advantage in the league.

I am sure Ange Postecoglou will be keen to do exactly that, having faced the task of a tricky start to the season last year. The Bhoys struggled in the initial stages of the Premiership and went on to win the league anyway.

This time around, it’s the Bhoys who can set the tone.

The first three home games, in particular, will very much excite season ticket holders at Parkhead, with arguably the three biggest sides in the country outside of Celtic set to travel to the East End of Glasgow.

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The build-up to next season has slowly been ramping up over the last couple of days with the international break finally coming to an end.

Now, with the new fixtures for the season ahead announced, it feels like the 2022/23 campaign is just around the corner and I cannot wait for it to get underway!

In other news, EFL talent believes Harry Kewell could help take Ange’s Celtic “to the next level”.