The opening day SPFL fixture that holds special interest for Celtic fans

By Euan Davidson

June 16, 2021

For Celtic fans, the Bhoys visiting Tynecastle to meet Hearts on opening day is a tantalising prospect.

Almost always excellent games, meetings with Hearts have, in no small way, defined our sustained period of success. Who could forget Scott Sinclair’s debut in 2016 [BBC]? Two Scottish Cup final victories, but the end of our 69-game unbeaten run? There’ve been so many excellent clashes between ourselves and the Jambos, and it’s a great introduction to the Scottish Premiership for new boss Ange Postecoglou.

But what about around the league? While every Premiership game is relevant to Celtic, of course, there’s some extra intrigue from Pittodrie on Sunday, 1st August. Scott Brown and Charlie Mulgrew will square off for Aberdeen and Dundee United respectively, with two former Celtic dressing room leaders on either side of the ‘New Firm’ [Sky Sports].

In case you missed it, yep – Charlie Mulgrew has returned to the Scottish top-flight. Rejoining his former loan side on a free transfer, the former Blackburn Rovers and Aberdeen defender will be facing off against his ex-captain on the opening weekend of Premiership action.

Mulgrew and Brown together for Scotland / (Photo by Gary Bogdon/Getty Images)

Two former Celtic leaders in SPFL action on opening day; well worth a watch

It’d be an entertaining game, regardless. It’s Stephen Glass against new Dundee United boss Tam Courts [Courier]. Plenty of new names will feature on both sides, with rumoured ex-Celtic target Declan Gallagher lining up for the Dons. One of the more underrated Scottish rivalries, they’re normally good matches.

But the Brown v Mulgrew element is certainly interesting. And to Broony’s credit, the patter has already begun in earnest. On social media, the former Celtic captain has already hyped up the first meeting between the two teams this season, in typical Scott Brown fashion.

Brown replied: “All the best pal. Looking forward to first game of the season. Be some race me v you.”

You just know this’ll be a good one.

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