As everyone will be aware of, Celtic, just like the rest of British football, are currently out of action due to the football shutdown.

However, once the Hoops get the all-clear to return to play football, an intriguing scenario presents itself. That is – who will be Celtic’s first opponents when the team returns to competitive action?

The next scheduled league game for Celtic is of course the Glasgow derby against Rangers. However, the Scottish Cup also has to be completed, with the Hoops set for a semi-final against Aberdeen.

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It will be intriguing to see what game the authorities give precedence to first. Normally, you would think it would be the league game.

Authorities may prefer cup tie

However, the Scottish football authorities might elect to get the Scottish Cup completed first, as there are only three games remaining in the competition.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard scoring against Aberdeen at Hampden

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard scoring against Aberdeen at Hampden / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Whatever game is chosen to be played first, it will play a vital role in Celtic’s chances of winning a fourth successive domestic treble.

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It is just one of many decisions that the Scottish authorities will have to find an answer to when football is eventually permitted to once more be played on British shores.

No date as yet for when the Hoops could return

What is interesting is that unlike in England, Scottish football has not put a date on when it hopes to return. In England, all top-flight football is cancelled until at least the 3rd of April, the BBC reports.

Celtic's first-team stars in training

Celtic’s first-team stars in training (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

That seems like the sensible thing to do, as there is no point in getting people’s hopes up that football is set to return, and then it is postponed once more for the foreseeable future.

At the moment, it is a case of wait and see, for Celtic and the rest of Scottish, and indeed British football. However, the excitement when Celtic’s first game back is announced will be one of the high points of the season.

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