Celtic vs Leicester City: What time does it start, what channel is it on, where can I watch the International Champions Cup?
As summer crises go, the one engulfing Leicester City seemed remarkably remote in the baking sunshine as Claudio Ranieri’s champions eased past Oxford United in their first pre-season friendly on Tuesday night.
Almost two months have passed since Wes Morgan hoisted the Premier League trophy aloft at an almost leeringly buoyant King Power Stadium, but the exodus which many prophesied has, in part, began to take hold before the trip to face Celtic in Glasgow.
N’Golo Kante’s £30m departure to Chelsea was a bitter pill to swallow while the loss of Steve Walsh rankles with some at the club as the influential head of recruitment closes in on becoming director of football under Ronald Koeman at Everton.
But Ranieri’s carefree nature, projecting the image of a man who spends his spare time touring secluded Italian luncheonettes, has helped the champions manage the situation with a reassuring air of calm and tranquility.
Goals from Demarai Gray and Jeffrey Schlupp at the Kassam Stadium, either side of half-time, overturned Chris Maguire’s opener for the hosts as Ahmed Musa, Ron-Robert Zieler and Luis Hernandez made their debuts.
A trip to Scotland is next as they embark on an International Champions Cup campaign which will also see them come up against Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona.
Billed by the competition’s organisers as a “battle of champions” – pitting England’s best against their Scottish counterparts – it promises to be another test of Leicester’s credentials ahead of a fascinating title defence next season.
Oxford vs Leicester City – in pictures
Gary Lineker strikes a pose
Former Leicester City striker and current honorary vice-president Gary Lineker presents the Premier League trophy at the Kassam Stadium
Riyad Mahrez stays loyal
Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez was on buoyant mood in Oxford and, afterwards, manager Claudio Ranieri announced he is set to stay at the club.
Claudio Ranieri watches on
Despite a difficult few weeks, the Italian was typically jubilant at the Kassam. Making 11 changes, Claudio Ranieri got a good look at his troops.
Ahmed Muses impresses on debut
Leicester’s record signing, costing in the region of £16m, looked an exciting prospect, galloping with pace down the flanks and showing a fearsome power behind his efforts on goal.
Wes Morgan signs on the line
Jamaican international defender Wes Morgan got a run our hours after confirming he had signed a new deal until 2019.
Matty James returns
Forced to sit agonisingly on the side-lines during Leicester’s title-winning campaign, Matty James returned from injury with an admirable display.
New signing on display
A free transfer from Sporting Gijon this summer, Luis Hernadez is expected to provide cover to Wes Morgan and Robert Huth this season.
Hamza Choudhury stars
Just 18-years-old, youth product Hamza Choudhury has been linked with Real Madrid in the past. At Oxford, his promotion to the first-team continued.
Demarai Gray on the scoresheet
Already with a Premier League title to his name, Demarai Gray will be hopeful of breaking into the first-team on a more regular basis.
Claudio Ranieri’s eye on the ball
The champions play Celtic, Paris-Saint Germain and Barcelona next in the International Champions Cup before the community Shield against Manchester United.
What time does it start?
Celtic and Leicester City will kick-off at 5.30pm on Saturday 23 July at Celtic Park. It will be both sides’ first match of this summer’s International Champions Cup.
Where can you watch it?
The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports on Saturday evening. As usual, The Independent will provide coverage from Glasgow throughout the day.
Who will be missing?
Leicester handed debuts to new signings Ahmed Musa, Ron-Robert Zieler and Luis Hernandez at Oxford in mid-week and are likely to give Nampalys Mendy, the £13m capture from Nice, a run-out. Jamie Vardy, the England striker, will not feature as he recovers from his efforts at Euro 2016 this summer.
Defender Erik Sviatchenko will be available for Celtic after recovering from a head injury but Brendan Rodgers may elected to rest some players after their two-legged Champions League qualifier against Lincoln Red Imps.
Leicester: Schmeichel; Simpson; Morgan; Hernandez; Chilwell; Mahrez; Mendy; Drinkwater; Albrighton; Okazaki; Musa.
Celtic: Gordon; Ambrose, Biton, Brown, Griffiths; Dembele, Christie, Rogic, Janko; Sviatchenko, Tierney.
Leicester City pre-season fixtures:
vs Oxford United, July 19, 19.45, Kassam Stadium – won 2-1.
vs Celtic, July 23, 17.30, Celtic Park.
vs Paris Saint-Germain, July 30, 20.30 PST, ICC, StubHub Center, LA.
vs Barcelona, August 3, 20.30 CEST, ICC, Friends Arena, Stockholm.
vs Manchester United, August 7, 16.00, Community Shield, Wembley.