Celtic may be set to start their campaign for ten in-a-row in a matter of weeks against Hamilton Accies – but recent developments in Belgium prove things aren’t quite set in stone yet.

Neil Lennon’s Champions are scheduled to face Brian Rice’s Accies on Sunday 2nd August at 4:30pm in front of no fans at Celtic Park.

Accies will be one of 11 opponents we’ll face on our quest for more title glory, but not if Hearts get their way in court.

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Celtic celebrate another title win

Celtic celebrate another title win (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

The Jambos are protesting against their relegation from the top-flight, after the global health pandemic cut the season short while they sat in 12th place.

They want to be re-instated to the Premiership and have campaigned for an expanded top-flight of 14 teams.

Their legal action, alongside Partick Thistle, could see them back in the Premiership, with Dundee United not getting promotion.

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Hearts owner Ann Budge

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What is happening in Belgium?

In Belgium, an almost identical situation has developed.

Earlier on Thursday, the news broke that Waasland-Beveren had seen their relegation overturned after a decision from Belgium’s Arbitration Court (BAS).


The Scottish Sun report that Beveren, who were just two points behind Oostende when the league was curtailed, will now be part of the Pro League next season.

That’s plunged the Belgian game into anarchy, given that the fixtures for next season had been announced just 24 hours prior.

Two Waasland-Beveren fans

Two Waasland-Beveren fans (Photo by VIRGINIE LEFOUR/BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

The BAS said it was “manifestly unreasonable” for Beveren to be relegated, and many at the SPFL may be concerned that a similar scenario plays out in Scotland.

For Celtic, this could mean more uncertainty about when and who our first game of the season is against – or what shape the overall league will take.

With just weeks to go before the scheduled kick-off, it really all is still up in the air.

Only in Scotland, eh? Well for once that isn’t strictly true.

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