By Will Butcher
New Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will taste his first Old Firm experience on 10 September – and The Hoops’ Twitter following have reacted passionately.
The derby will be Rangers’ first visit to Celtic Park in four years after they were demoted to the fourth tier of Scottish football.
Rodgers will take his new side to the Ibrox on New Year’s Day, with the third fixture scheduled for 11 March 2017.
The former Liverpool manager will be looking to make it six League wins in a row for the Hoops, who begin the defence of their 47th Scottish Premiership title on 6 August away at Hearts. Unusually, their second fixture has been postponed as Celtic have a friendly against Inter Milan on 13 August.
Celtic fans have reacted with excitement on Twitter ahead of the new instalments of the Old-Firm rivalry, with some fans highlightin, what promises to be a feisty rivalry to be found in the middle of the park between captain Scott Brown and the Gers’ new signing Joey Barton.
Here are some of the messages on Twitter:
— Gary Doyle (@garydoyle91) June 17, 2016
— Ryan Fitzsimons (@RyanStevenF) June 17, 2016
September the 10th old firm derby is back celtic vs rangers Scott Brown vs joey Barton #celtic
— Dai thomas (@daithomas89) June 17, 2016
Hogmany old firm man, will be incredible?? #celtic
— Connor Smith (@ConnorSmith95) June 17, 2016
Celtic v Rangers September 10th at home. Can't complain about that now. #celtic ?
— Saoirse (@SaoirseT98) June 17, 2016
Tough first 5 fixtures for Celtic – Hearts, Partick, St Johnstone, Aberdeen then Rangers. In between CL qualifiers. Cannot wait! ?
— Jordan Kerr (@jordker) June 17, 2016
Toughest opening set of fixtures I can ever remember for Celtic. Rodgers is really gonna have to hit the ground running.
— David Docherty (@daviddc2m) June 17, 2016
Celtic v Rangers playing on New Year. Perfect timing.
— Tyler Watts (@Twirly22) June 17, 2016
Ooft New Year's Eve, The Rangers V Celtic ?? tremendous way to start the party early ??⚽️? #HereWeGo10InARow
— Colin Mcdevitt ® (@cocomcd78) June 17, 2016
In other Celtic news, Rodgers has entered a three-way race for a League 1 hotshot.