Brendan Rodgers kicks off his second season as Celtic manager in a familiar city but unfamiliar surroundings when he takes Celtic to Windsor Park on Friday night.
In football terms it’s the perfect draw but this week Belfast and Linfield is the last place that any sane person would want to encounter.
Last season’s achievements are already in the history books and will undoubtedly be remembered as Brendan’s season.
From the sunny day that he was unveiled he had the trust and backing of the Celtic support, rather than be intimidated he took the challenge full on and delivered the goods.
Game by game, month by month an aura grew around the team with every single player acknowledging the input of a manager totally different from anything that they had ever known before.
August brought Champions League qualification, November the first trophy, December a mountain of games, April brought the title with May delivering the treble.
By the final whistle in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden he was physically exhausted, as he revs up to do it all again he has a season of experience to call upon and a squad bursting with ambition to do it all again and hopefully go further in Europe.