The week in August that could define Celtic's early season progress

By John Reid

June 26, 2019

Celtic are finally back in action on their pre-season tour in Austria. With that in mind, we thought we’d look ahead to what could be a very important week for the club in August. A week that could define the club’s early season progress.

Celtic will hopefully be in the second leg of a Champions League play-off match on the 27th or 28th of August. If not, they could well be in a Europa League play-off game, on the 29th.

Two big games

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Let’s concentrate on the positives though. If the Hoops are in the Champions League play-offs that will be only one of two massive games that week.

The Hoops travel to Ibrox to play Rangers on the 31st of August. That day could be changed to the next day depending on European fixtures.

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Transfer window adds to intrigue

Adding to the intriguing week, the transfer window closes in Scotland on the 2nd of September.

Just focusing on matters on the pitch, qualification for the Champions League followed by a win at Ibrox would be a wonderful start to the season for the Hoops.

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It would be the perfect start to the campaign, and show that progress is being made under Neil Lennon. However, a poor week could have the opposite effect.

Neil Lennon will be looking forward to the week though. He has thrived in big games in the past as Celtic player and manager. All at Celtic will be hoping that continues in August.