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CELTIC GET PITCH GO-AHEAD

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DESPITE the atrocious playing surface, Celtic WILL be allowed to train at the Qarabag Stadium as they prepare for tomorrow night’s Champions League second leg qualifier.

It was thought the poor condition of the pitch, which is dry and bumpy, might force Ronny Deila and his players to look elsewhere for a suitable ground for their work-out.
But the Hoops officials confirmed they will be allowed customary access to the stadium for a training session at 5.30pm tonight – the same time as tomorrow’s kick-off.
The dreadful conditions had raised concerns that the match might not be playable or that Celtic would not be able to train on the pitch ahead of the match.
Thankfully, the situation has been resolved and Deila’s men will get a sample of what they will have to cope with during the return game with the SPFL champions 1-0 ahead from last week’s first leg.

Before flying out to Azerbaijan, assistant boss John Collins had hinted that the team may have to change their tactics to compensate for the pitch.

He said: “At this level, you expect the pitch to be of a good standard, but if it isn’t we’ll just have to adapt our play.”

 
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