Lyon manager Rudi Garcia will be utilising Neil Lennon’s Celtic squad as a ‘quality’ tune-up ahead of their Champions League fixture against Juventus, The Scottish Sun reports.

The Ligue 1 side are currently 1-0 up on the Italians at the halfway point of their two-legged last 16 tie, with the next fixture due to take place on August 7th.

The French club have been searching for good teams to go up against as preparation and have turned their attention towards Scotland.


As quoted by The Scottish Sun, Garcia said: “It’s not been easy to arrange preparation friendlies and we have opted for eight weeks to prepare for the new season.

“That will include a tournament at Groupama stadium against Rangers and Celtic, with Nice being the other team. The thinking behind this was it was necessary to find quality opponents in leagues that have not resumed.

“We need to prepare both for the start of the new season and the Champions League game against Juventus.”

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The paper reports that Celtic will be facing Lyon on either July 16th or July 18th.

Meanwhile, the date of July 22nd has been set for a match against Paris Saint-Germain at Parc Des Princes, according to the outlet.

The Ligue 1 champions will take on the Scottish champions in a glamour friendly as Lennon looks to find match fitness in his squad ahead of an early August start date in the Scottish Premiership.

The date is a strange considering PSG are due to take on St Etienne two days later, so perhaps that one’s worth keeping an eye on in case of a change.

Celtic last faced Paris Saint-Germain in November 2017

Celtic last faced Paris Saint-Germain in November 2017 / (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

This is all positive news for Celtic, who have only returned to full-contact training this week.

The Hoops haven’t played since way back in March so any match preparation in any setting will be a boost in our preparations for the new league season.

Lyon and PSG will both provide a stern test beyond anything we could go up against in Scotland and hopefully that has us firing on all cylinders in August.

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