13 days until Celtic are in preseason action on their tour of Austria against locals, SK Vorwarts Steyr. We then face Bohemians or Prague, who the Celtic site tell us have Antonin Panenka as chairman, famous for the Panenka Chip to win the 1976 European Championships for Czechoslovakia against West Germany.
Panenka is less celebrated around these parts for being part of the infamous Rapid Vienna team Celtic faced in 1984. No photos with Moussa, please. We have two further games, against Sparta Prague, and Shamrock Rovers in Dublin, before our first Champions League qualification game.
Fair play to Newco for getting some money for the naming rights to what was previously called Murray Park. Named after the Rangers owner who authorised the EBT schemes which ultimately led to the club’s liquidation, it must have been embarrassing to have Sir David Murray’s name associated with Newco’s training ground.
As a rule, I am up for things which bring money into a club. Whether Hummel attach their mission statement, ‘We look for those who rarely win’ to the facility remains unclear.