THE BIG STORY: In just over two hours time Scott Brown will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Sean Fallon and Fergus McCann and unfurl the league flag, and then Celtic will kick off our league season against Hearts, as the Bhoys go for our seventh title in a row. You can read our match preview here, and we’ll have the match report player ratings up after the game.
OTHER NEWS: You can get ready for the Hearts game by listening to the latest episode of GIGPOD, which features a preview of the league season, a look at the upcoming games against Astana and a look back to the Rosenborg win. You can listen to the episode here.
Talking about the forthcoming Champions League play-off ties with Astana, Celtic are planning to stay on British Standard Time whilst in Kazakhstan, as the players did this when we played there last year.
ON THIS DAY: In 2009, Celtic pulled off a shock 2-0 win over Dynamo Moscow in Russia, to win the Champions League Third Round qualifier 2-1 on aggregate. After a Scott McDonald header levelled the tie in the first half, a great Georgios Samaras solo effort in the 90th minute sealed an unlikely victory. The undoubted highlight of Tony Mowbray’s time as Celtic manager.