West Ham have confirmed that they will travel to Parkhead to take on David Moyes’ former team Celtic in a pre-season friendly.
The match is scheduled for Saturday, July 24 at 15:00 BST, with the possibility of away fans in attendance.
The Hammers have not been able to confirm the ticket details for travelling fans yet though, due to the current COVID-19 protocols.
However, there is hope that if the UK government keeps to the roadmap out of the coronavirus restrictions then Hammers fans could attend the clash between Moyes’ former and current employers.
The friendly will be one of a number organised to prepare West Ham for the rigours of a Premier League and Europa League campaign following their remarkable top-six finish to the 2020-21 season.
Moyes graduated from the youth ranks at Celtic and represented his boyhood club 35 times between 1980 and 1983.
This summer’s trip to Scotland will be the second time West Ham have taken on Celtic away from home, with the last occasion being in a pre-season friendly in July 2020.
On that day Paolo di Canio scored for West Ham on his return to Celtic before goals from Tommy Johnson and Stiliyan Petrov sealed a 2-1 win for the Bhoys.
Prior to that West Ham had taken on Celtic on three occasions all in London in 1924, 1949 and for Bobby Moore’s testimonial match in 1970.
The clash with Celtic is the only pre-season friendly West Ham have announced so far ahead of what is lining up to be a busy season for the Hammers.
The Premier League kicks off on the weekend of August 14 and West Ham’s Europa League campaign gets underway on September 16, with the final group game taking place on December 9.
Should the Hammers progress to the knock-out rounds they will resume European football on either February 17, 2022 or March 10, 2022, depending on if they came first or second in their group.
If the Hammers finish third in their group then they would drop into the Europa Conference League knockout play-offs, which also take place on February 17.
Source by Football London