Sheffield Wednesday boss talks up "wonderful" Celtic clash ahead of tomorrow's friendly

By David Walton

July 6, 2021

Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore has been talking up tomorrow’s “wonderful” clash against Celtic in Wales.

The two sides will compete against each other in our first pre-season friendly of the season. The game will take place in Newport with both teams preparing for their campaigns in the same location.

The game also interestingly comes after Celtic’s first two additions of the summer came from the Owls. Both Liam Shaw and Osaze Urhoghide were signed from the Championship club as they joined Ange Postecoglou’s Parkhead revolution.

But there doesn’t appear to be any spite from Moore. He’s been talking up the game and indeed Celtic as they prepare to do friendly battle.

Speaking via the Sheffield Wednesday official website, Moore said: “It’s a great test for the boys, I think it’s a wonderful test. As you know they are competing for the Champions League so they’ll come in excellent condition.

An exciting seven days for Celtic fans is about to get underway

“It’s a great first game for us in terms of the work that we’ll have to do off the ball. But we’ll also have to be very good on the ball because they are a top opposition.

“We are really delighted that both teams are in the same location and both teams thought it would be excellent to have an in-house game, so really looking forward to them coming down. It will finish off a good week with a positive game.”

Sheffield Wednesday vs Celtic – a competitive way to kick off pre-season

There are so many reasons to be excited ahead of this one. The standout reason being that Celtic are back in action after 53 days. But in addition to that, we also have a new manager on board taking charge of his first game and a couple of new signings to keep an eye out for.

Then there’s the fact it’s a good old-fashioned England vs Scotland feel to this one. We’re so used to starting our pre-season with games against lesser opposition than this. Wednesday will pose a stiff test and is the kind of fixture that should help build up the sharpness.

However, there’s a different feel to this pre-season than there has been in recent years. It’s arguably the first time we go into a new campaign with a manager that everyone outside the club is doubting. Whilst Neil Lennon ultimately proved a failure last season, he had plenty of support on the back of winning nine-in-a-row.

Darren Moore has been talking up Celtic in the build-up to tomorrow (Photo by Adam Fradgley – AMA/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images)

So there’s an added incentive to actually ensure we win these games coming up and build up some momentum and confidence. Even friendly defeats will likely be pounced upon by the Postecoglou doubters. That’s not even me going over the top either.

Credit to Moore, he seems like a decent guy. But hopefully, he’s on the end of an impressive first performance of the season from Celtic. Whether Shaw or Urhoghide get minutes, however, is another matter.

It’s great just to have some competition back up and running that Celtic are involved in. It may only be a friendly, but winning never becomes unimportant at Parkhead.

In other news, the surprising Postecoglou squad decision that has Celtic fans talking.