Under normal conditions, starting the season at home to Hamilton Accies would be welcome as a soft introduction, but anything out of the ordinary is a leveller. We have yet to play a football game and no friendlies are arranged, a situation that will need to change quickly.
Neither team will be fully fit for that fixture on 2 August, a situation that favours Hamilton significantly more than Celtic.
The European qualifiers are sandwiched between fixtures against Aberdeen, Dundee United, Motherwell, Ross County, Livingston and Hibs. Crucially, we are at home ahead of both play-off round legs . There should be scope in these fixtures for Neil Lennon to rest players during this period, without harming our 10-in-a-row quest too much.