Scottish Side Celtic's Request To Move CL Game To Be Denied By UEFA
Any request by Scottish Premiership Celtic to play one of its home Champions League fixtures in either England or Ireland next season "will be denied" by UEFA, according to Richard Conway of the BBC. If Celtic wins the Scottish league title this season it "will be required to play a two-legged Champions League qualifying match next summer." But with Celtic Park, along with Ibrox and Hampden, all in use as Commonwealth Games venues, "a new location for the game would need to be found." Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell "had asked UEFA to look at options for the tie, including stadiums outside Scotland." He said, "We are currently in discussion with UEFA in terms of what options we have." UEFA, under its current rules, "would deny any request to play the game outside Scotland, citing rule 12.7 of Champions League regulations" (BBC, 10/31).