The Scottish champions arrive at the Lane on Wednesday August 7 (8pm) as part of a prestigious pre-season double-header with Italian giants Lazio following on Sunday August 11 (3pm).
"I'm a massive Celtic fan so it will mean that little more to me," admitted Gary from our training camp in La Manga.
"It's a fantastic game for us to have and it would be great to play some part against them.
"Obviously they are the Scottish champions, they would have started their season and they'll be very strong. It will be a real test. With that game and Lazio as well - those names just speak for themselves."
Gary reported that the lads were in good spirits at their mid-break fitness top up in Spain.
"Everyone seems happy and the training has gone well, a high standard," he added. "The facilities are great here and there is a fantastic golf course that the lads have enjoyed playing.
"There is a gym, a pool and although we're working hard, we've also had time to relax, which is important. We're all looking sharp and I'm sure we'll see the benefits come the start of the friendlies."
The friendly against Lazio was on Tuesday confirmed for Sunday August 11.
Tickets for both matches will initially go on sale to season ticket holders and club members strictly through the online ticketing on our website. These will go on sale on Monday, June 24 at 10am, but tickets will be available for the West and East Stands only at this stage.
All areas of the stadium for both fixtures will be available to season ticket holders and club members by telephone, in person and online from 10am on Monday, July 1. Any remaining tickets will then be available to non-members from 10am on Thursday, July 11.
Other pre-season friendlies
Prices for both matches are as follows:
Season Ticket Holders/Club Members: West/East Stands Adults £30 Senior Citizens/Juniors £15 South/North Stands Adults £20 Senior Citizens/Juniors £10
Non-Members: West/East Stands Adults £35 Senior Citizens/Juniors £17 South/North Stands Adults £25 Senior Citizens/Juniors £12
Important * Season ticket holders and club members will be able to purchase up to six tickets per fixture on one transaction. However these tickets must be for associated current season ticket holders and club members as season ticket/membership booklets MUST BE shown at the turnstiles at both matches to ensure admission.
Gary Doherty is counting down the days to our cracking pre-season friendly against Celtic.