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EURO GREEN LIGHT FOR CELTIC

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CELTIC are poised to get the green light to play KR Reykjavik in Glasgow in the first round of the Champions League qualifiers next week.

The Icelandic title winners are confident of confirming travel plans as they look to secure a charter flight for the one-off tie against Neil Lennon’s men.

Their domestic league is currently suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, but the club believe they will be able to head for Parkhead for the crucial confrontation.

Club spokesman Sveinbjorn Thorsteinsson, speaking in a report in the Daily Record, said: “We are still working on it as the rules are we need to go on a private plane from our national airport, but it should not be a problem.

“The regulations of UEFA say you cannot go on a normal flight. You need to take a charter. I think we are going to be fine.

“We are intending to have around 30 people coming on the aeroplane. We believe the tie is Tuesday, so we will fly on Monday.”

The Hoops would be forced to play the match at a neutral venue if their opponents did not receive clearance, but it looks as though the home tie will get the necessary clearance to be played in the east end of Glasgow.

Celtic will confirm the fixture as soon as possible.

Lennon’s team were also drawn at home to face a tie against the winners of Hungarians Ferencvaros or Swedish outfit Djurgarden, if, of course, they overcome the challenge of the Icelanders.

 
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