UEFA are set to reject Celtic's bid to play in a two-legged qualifier outside of Scotland in order to qualify for next year's Champions League, according to BBC Sport.
With the Commonwealth Games being hosted in Scotland next year at the same time when the qualifier will be played, Celtic are looking at an alternative ground.
Ibrox, Hampden and Celtic Park will all be in use for the games, and the latter is going to be used for the opening ceremony.
But rule 12.7 of Champions League regulation states that a match must be played: "either at the ground of the home club or at another ground in the same or another city within the territory of its association".
This means that UEFA are very unlikely to accept any suggestion by Celtic outside of Scotland, with a northern Premier League team, the Aviva or Croke Park being cited as potential candidates.
Celtic did once play in England. In 1984 they played Rapid Vienna at Old Trafford, but this was in due to safety concerns, and so it was within Champions League rulings:
A Champions League game can be played: "In the territory of another Uefa member association for reasons of safety or as a result of a disciplinary measure.... If the match is being played in another city or country, the venue is subject to the approval of the UEFA administration."
Attempting to use this case as a precedent will be very difficult for the Scottish side, and they may have to try and prove there was no safety concern in the first place. Or perhaps that it is more convenient to play it in, for example, Newcastle.
Murrayfield in Edinburgh is likely to be where the game will be played as the stadium has a capacity of 67,800. Unless of course UEFA decide to allow Celtic to play in England or Ireland. However the issue with this is that, once you make one exception, other teams will point to this case as precedent and gain more leeway in the decision making process.
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