It has been quite a summer for Swansea boss Brendan Rodgers, with promotion to the Barclays Premier League followed by a charitable trek to the summit of Kilimanjaro.

The Northern Irishman has since secured the Swans' record signing in the shape of former Watford hitman Danny Graham, and now awaits the imminent campaign with baited breath.

But, before that, Rodgers will have the opportunity to pit his wits against Neil Lennon and Celtic - the club he supported as a boy - and he is relishing the challenge.

"For me this friendly is a great occasion for a number of reasons," said Rodgers. "Firstly it's our first game at the Liberty as a Premier League team.


"Secondly, we welcome to this great stadium a club famous throughout the world for its passionate support and an excellent team to give us a severe test at this stage of our preparation.

"Thirdly, as a boyhood Celtic supporter it's a special occasion whenever they play and I welcome a great man in Neil Lennon, the directors and people connected with the club.

"And, of course, a special welcome to the travelling supporters that I have stood alongside in the past."

Lennon, meanwhile, has promised to put out a decent side at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night, despite the Hoops having already started the new SPL season.

"We'll try and put a good team out," he said. "Again, we might look at a different formation and see how that suits some of the players. We'll go with a strongish team."

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