Jon Dahl Tomasson set for Celtic Park visit with new club
Celtic’s summer opponents Blackburn Rovers have appointed a new manager this morning – Jon Dahl Tomasson.
Blackburn are due to visit Glasgow on 16th July, two weeks before the start of the Scottish Premiership season.
Bhoys boss Ange Postecoglou will be using the fixture to go through some of the final preparations for a massive campaign domestically and in Europe.
Tomasson arrives in England as a manager after a very successful spell in Sweden, where he guided Malmo to two consecutive Allsvenkan titles before leaving to pursue new opportunities.
Famously in Scotland, he also beat Celtic’s rivals Rangers on the way to the UEFA Champions League group stages last summer, creating quite a stir in the local press.
In a now notorious press conference, he suggested Rangers were under pressure because they badly needed the Champions League money, with his comments and mannerisms proving to be a big hit with Celtic supporters. [Daily Record]
I’m sure he’ll get a friendly reception at Celtic Park this summer.
Tomasson had a fantastic playing career, featuring for clubs such as Newcastle United, Feyenoord and AC Milan, winning plenty of trophies along the way.
It’ll be very interesting to see how he gets on in English football after such a fruitful couple of years with Malmo.
The 45-year-old replaces former Celtic boss Tony Mowbray, who left Ewood Park after a five-year period with the Championship club.
They’ll be aiming to push for a promotion play-off place again and Celtic will be a vital part of their pre-season preparations.