SATURDAY June 3 2023 is a date pencilled in Ange Postecoglou’s diary.

That day will host next season’s Scottish Cup Final at Hampden and, of course, that was the silverware that eluded in the Greek-Australian in his debut campaign as Celtic manager.

The Premier Sports League Cup was the first trophy to arrive in December 19 last year with a dramatic 2-1 win over Hibs at the national stadium when two goals from Kyogo Furuhashi completed a thrilling comeback.

PRIZE GUY…Ange Postecoglou with the Premiership trophy on Flag Day in Paradise on May 14.

And the Premiership was cemented with a 1-1 draw with Dundee United at Tannadice on May 11 with a 6-0 triumph over Motherwell at Parkhead three days later bringing down the curtain on an unforgettable campaign.

And it all starts again on the weekend of July 30/31 when the champions kick off the defence of their championship at Parkhead with the SPFL fixtures due to be announced tomorrow morning.

The new Premiership season will include a five-week break from the weekend of November 12/13 until December 17 while the World Cup Finals, being held in Qatar, are played in winter for the first time.

HAMPDEN HOORAYS…Ange Postecoglou is flanked by two-goal Kyogo Furuhashi and captain Callum McGregor after the Premier Sports League Cup win six days before Christmas.

There will be a round of fixtures on Saturday, December 24, Christmas Eve, and there will be a midweek card four days later with the traditional New Year matches due on Monday, January 2.

The World Cup Finals hiatus means the top-flight league season will not conclude until the weekend of May 27/28. The Premiership play-off final matches will take place on June 1 and 4, while the 2023 Scottish Cup Final is scheduled for June 3.

The Premier Sports League Cup Final is due at the national stadium on Sunday February 26 next year.

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