Scottish Premiership Fixtures For 2016/17 Announced Today

"Joey has certainly been saying a lot before the campaign has started and doing a lot of talking", said Boyd, speaking as club ambassador as Celtic donated £7,000 to this year's Glasgow Taxis' Outing Fund for Sick Children.

New Celtic midfielder Kristoffer Ajer has claimed his is proud to be playing at the club after his move from Norway.

"I would have been in a much different mindset if I'd not played the last two games". We go in on Monday with everybody on level par when it comes to impressing the new manager.

"That's the way you've got to think about it". Whoever impresses him most in training will stick in his thoughts and could be in the team throughout the season.

"I'm sure we'll have our laughs and jokes with Broony about it and there might be a bit more of it to come".

The former Inverness star added: "The way he had Swansea and Liverpool playing was enjoyable to watch and that's the kind of football I love playing".

"I knew that Ronny might not be here when I came in but then I saw Brendan Rodgers had been appointed, and what he brings with him made me really excited". "I'm looking forward to pre-season and travelling to Slovenia, where I will try to play well and to get to know the players and staff". I was quite happy the way the season finished and was nearly a bit annoyed that it was finished.

"I would expect Rangers and Celtic to cut each other's throats and for the league to be very tight".

"It's a brilliant appointment".

"But I think a championship would be a big ask".

Rather than make the fans wait for the traditional flag unfurling ceremony, however, Celtic chiefs have chose to hold it when the club kicks off their Champions League qualifying bid in July.

"I was quite happy with the way the season finished and nearly annoyed that it was finished".

The fixtures for the new Scottish Premiership season were announced this morning, and the new Celtic manager will have his first match in the league away from home against Hearts, in a tricky opening encounter for the Northern Irishman.

He was more interested in the first game of the season, at Tynecastle, and believes Hearts will be one of the teams pushing Celts next term.

'Early in the season we also have some very important Champions League qualifying games to look forward to, which again will be very exciting for everyone around the club. Aberdeen and Hearts will be looking to push on as well.

"Having the Old Firm game back is only going to be a positive thing for the league and attract a lot of attention".

"Obviously with the way last season finished, scoring in the final game against Motherwell sent me away on my holidays in a good mood". They had a tremendous season past year after completely dominating the Championship.

  • Neal Todd