CELTIC and the rest of the Premiership face a MONTH shutdown next season – to accommodate the 2022 Qatar World Cup Finals.

The Scottish top flight will be halted for 34 days while the sporting extravaganza takes place next year, according to a report on the BBC.

Apparently, the Hoops and other clubs are being consulted over plans for 16 rounds of fixtures being played between July 30 and November 13 before the lengthy pause in the league campaign.

Fixtures would be not resume until December 17 at the earliest, due to restart just one day before the World Cup Final.

As a result of the closure, it would be the weekend of May 27/28 before the final Premiership matchday.

The Scottish Cup Final would be likely to be moved to a June date, with the Premiership Play-Off Final expected to be decided in the first week of the same month.

Under the proposed plans, the League Cup would be due to be completed in February, but this has yet to be approved by the appropriate offical bodies.

Lower-league fixture lists are unlikely to be disrupted with play expected to go on during the World Cup games.


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