CELTIC’S first round Champions League qualifier against KR Reykjavik is ON!
There had been scares hard-line UEFA sanctions may be taken following the Scottish Government’s move to cancel the Hoops’ game against St Mirren in Paisley tomorrow night and Saturday’s visit of Aberdeen.
However, European governing soccer body have given the tie the green light for a 7.45pm kick-off at Parkhead a week tonight.
The confirmation will be welcomed by the Hoops’ hierarchy with fears UEFA could make the club forfeit the match under their strict guidelines following the coronavirus pandemic.
Neil Lennon’s men will face their Icelandic rivals without kicking a ball in competitive action for 10 days following the 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park on Sunday.
The Parkhead side were reeling after the double cancellation of their Premiership encounters against the Saints and Dons following revelations concerning Boli Bolingoli after the Belgian defender had ignored government guidelines following a secret trip to Spain.
The Belgian defender snubbed the required 14-day self-isolation to train with his team-mates at Lennoxtown as they prepared for the match in Ayrshire where he played the last nine minutes as a substitute for Greg Taylor.
Bolingoli, 25, failed to inform tell club bosses he had been to the high-risk country and didn’t obey the self-isolation restrictions when he returned.
The fall-out of the player’s actions has left Celtic chiefs seething and there is every likelihood last summer’s £3million buy from Vienna Rapid has made his last Hoops appearance.