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SBD Global/December 12, 2012/International Football

SPL Club Celtic Faces Scheduling Headache After Qualifying For Champions League

Scottish Premier League club Celtic is "facing a fixture congestions headache" after the man in charge of arranging SPL fixtures said rearranging the club’s domestic fixtures could lead to a "nightmare," according to the SCOTSMAN. Celtic, which qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League last week after defeating Spartak Moscow, "will face as-yet-unidentified opponents in the New Year." However, despite backing from Kilmarnock Manager Kenny Shiels, the club is unlikely to be "handed a boon" by SPL Secretary Iain Blair, who said moving fixtures at this time of year "isn’t possible." Blair said, "Without interference from the weather, Celtic could potentially find themselves with a backlog of three games [if we re-arranged their fixtures]." It is understood that Celtic Manager Neil Lennon has "not made a request" for league fixtures to be arranged. The club's next Champions League ties will take place on dates in February and March (SCOTSMAN, 12/11).
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