By Frank McAvennie

15th Jun, 2021 | 1:00pm

McAvennie predicts 'horrible' Postecoglou abuse after Celtic announcement today

Frank McAvennie claims Ange Postecoglou faces a baptism of fire as Celtic travel to Tynecastle on the first day of next season. 

The Hoops icon, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, reacted as next season’s Scottish Premiership fixtures were announced on Tuesday.

It was announced Celtic will face last season’s Championship winners Hearts at Tynecastle on 31st July.

Postecoglou, 55, was announced as Celtic’s new manager last week after a prolonged hunt for Neil Lennon’s replacement.

The clash at Tynecastle won’t be his first taste of competitive football as the Hoops face Champions League qualifiers earlier in July.

However, McAvennie claims Postecoglou and Celtic still face a tough start as Hearts will want to get one over on the Parkhead club.

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“It’s a tricky first game,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.

“It will give him a good insight into what’s ahead for the season. Tynecastle is a wonderful stadium to go to as a manager. 

“It’s intimidating, I used to love going there. The fans were horrible, still are, but that was great. 

“Postecoglou will get so much stick, it’s a baptism of fire but it’s the perfect place to start.

“I’m just hoping he has the players for that game, Hearts will really be up for that one.”

Celtic face the first Old Firm of the season on the fourth weekend of the campaign.

They travel to Ibrox looking to improve on last season’s showing against Rangers as the Hoops failed to win in five attempts.

In other news, Celtic have been told to complete a deal for Gareth Southgate’s Godson after talks.