John Hartson is relishing seeing Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic head to Sunderland later this month to contest the Dafabet Cup.
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Last season saw the Hoops complete an unprecedented domestic treble, to become the first side in Scotland to do so without losing a game.
Lifting the Scottish Premier League, the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup, Rodgers’ side made history by winning the treble for a fourth time.
Bidding to defend the ‘treble winners’ crown during the 2017-18 season, Rodgers brings his Celtic side to Wearside on Saturday 29 July, kick-off 3pm, as Sunderland commemorate 20 years at the Stadium of Light in what will be Simon Grayson’s opening home match at the helm.
And speaking to safc.com Hartson hailed the occasion, admitting it will be an afternoon to savour for both clubs.
“I had a really successful period there and the fans are really the standout of Celtic Football Club,” he said.
“Celtic are fantastic and it is a great era for the club at the minute.
“It is a great time to be a Celtic fan – Brendan Rodgers has got them playing and they have gone through a season unbeaten which is quite remarkable.
“Their players are playing so well and their players are playing on a role.
“Celtic will brings thousands of fans – it will be a great atmosphere and that’s why clubs want to play them in pre-season.”
He continued: “They know what the fan base is like and they travel in numbers – just like Sunderland do.
“They are so colourful with their green and white hoops and the fans just want to party, sing and enjoy the day so it should be a fantastic day.
“It will be the start of a new era for Sunderland and I’m sure with a few signings they will be looking to get the ball rolling.”
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