A home start against Ross County on 5 August was not the most notable item on the fixture list, issued this morning. We visit Ibrox on Sunday 3 September, just four days after the Champions League playoff round concludes. If Newco are still in the competition, they will have to throw everything at their midweek European games. As champions, Celtic will be able to rest in the week leading up to the game.
There is a lot of work ahead of then for both teams to be ready, but this is an ideal date to visit Ibrox. Facing a taxed squad (insert your own joke here) that may well have suffered European elimination gives us the opportunity to stamp our authority on last season’s runners up.
The run towards the winter break looks like a pivotal time of the season. We have seven league games in December as well as the final Champions League group stage game. The month ends with the visit of Newco on 30 December. Three days later we face what could be a tricky visit to St Mirren, our last game before the break.
We need to talk about Jota, so there will be another blog later today.