Celtic have finally announced that as expected, the date of the Hoops’ game against Hearts later this month has been changed.
Due to the Tynecastle side’s involvement in Europe, the game will no longer be played on the 20th of August, but will now be played at Celtic Park on August the 21st with a 3pm kick-off.
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This means that none of Celtic’s first two home league games of the season will take place at the traditional 3pm Saturday kick-off time.
That is set to continue next month as the game at Celtic Park against Rangers will kick-off at lunchtime on the 3rd of September.
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It was odd that there was a delay in the announcement of the fixture amendment, as it has been known for some time that Hearts would be in action in Europe, perhaps the SPFL were waiting for confirmation of Hearts’ Europa League play-off draw before making the amendment, but the delay is now over, and the Hoops will be playing on a Sunday instead of a Saturday.
Interestingly, looking at Celtic’s fixtures for the rest of the month, after this weekend’s game against Ross County, the Hoops will be playing on three Sundays in a row.
A trip to Kilmarnock, the match against Hearts and then an away game versus Dundee United will all take place on a Sunday. As it stands, Celtic will be playing after Rangers on each of those weekends too, which could put a bit of pressure on the Hoops, but they have showed enough over the last year that they can cope with being under pressure to get results.
The good thing is that as the Hoops have already qualified for the Champions League group stages, the Bhoys won’t be playing on a Thursday-Sunday schedule, which the clubs in the other European competitions will be.
The Thursday-Sunday schedule seems like a bit of a grind for everyone at a football club, including the fans, and it is good news that Celtic won’t be facing that schedule for the rest of the calendar year.
No doubt more Celtic fixtures as they stand will be changed in September when the Hoops will be featured live on Sky, but the majority – if not all – of those fixtures will be away games, and hopefully no more Celtic Park games are moved to a Sunday.