ANGE POSTECOGLOU and his Celtic players face a gruelling 13 games before they get a break when the World Cup Finals kick off in Qatar on November 20 with the showpiece grand finale on December 18.

The Hoops will have two challenge games In Australia in the Sydney Super Cup against the hosts and Everton three days later on November 20.

The Premiership gets underway again on Saturday afternoon when Motherwell visit the home of the champions who are currently two points ahead at the top after their dismal 2-0 loss to St Mirren before the international break.

Celtic face a hectic schedule with crucial matches in the championship, Premier Sports League Cup and Champions League.

Here is the punishing programme that awaits Postecoglou’s team as they fight on three fronts:

Motherwell (H) – Saturday, October 1

RB Leipzig (A) – Wednesday, October 5 (Champions League)

St Johnstone (A) – Saturday, October 8

RB Leipzig (H) – Tuesday, October 11 (Champions League)

Hibs (H) – Saturday, October 15

Motherwell (A) – Wednesday, October 19 (Premier Sports League Cup)

Hearts (A) – Saturday, October 22

Shakhtar Donetsk (H) – Tuesday, October 25 (Champions League)

Livingston (A) – Sunday, October 30

Real Madrid (A) – Wednesday, November 2 (Champions League)

Dundee United (H) – Saturday, November 5

Motherwell (A) – Wednesday, November 9

Ross County (H) – Saturday, November 12

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