Celtic's pre-season countdown will produce answers

By Connor Gordon

June 13, 2019

Celtic fans will be better in the knowledge about where the club is heading in less than two weeks.

The Bhoys kick off their pre-season campaign against SC Pinkafeld on 26th June.

All the early questions will be answered like who will be the first signing to don the Hoops.

Fans will be able to gauge who is at different stages of fitness and who should be playing in the qualifiers.

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David Turnbull is close to Celtic move. (photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Midfield is a congested part of the squad and many places will be up for grabs. The new man will get some game time over the pre-season as fans will judge where he is best played.

Players out from injury may also feature to build up their fitness ahead of the coming season. Leigh Griffiths, Vakoun Bayo and Ryan Christie could all make their long awaited returns.

Pinkafeld are a lower tier team in Austria, so will not pose any immediate danger to the crocks.

Vakoun Bayo may make pre-season return. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

However, pre-season matches aren’t always simple affairs as previous matches have shown. Some fans have been prone to get restless ahead of a few dodgy results.

Pressure builds as pre-season progresses

The matches come thicker and harder as time goes on.

Pre-season used to be about building fitness, however, most of the current first team haven’t had a break yet.

They are on international duty playing against top players.

Pinkafeld will ease the Bhoys into club football, but after that, Celtic play Wiener FC of the Austrian second tier.

Celtic play FC St Gallen who will be first top tier side to challenge Bhoys. (Photo by TF-Images/TF-Images via Getty Images)

FC St Gallen at the beginning of July will see the Bhoys play against their first top tier side.

They are also the type of team Celtic can play in future European competition.

Lastly, the Bhoys have their toughest match yet against Stade Rennais at Parkhead.

The French Cup champions are already in the Europa League group stages and will offer a fantastic challenge.

Neil Lennon will need to get players signed and drilled for the competitive matches that follow.