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Celtic Seek To Maul European Opposition At Home Of Scots Rugby

Celtic Seek To Maul European Opposition At Home Of Scots Rugby
By Paul O'Hara Updated

Celtic look likely to play their home Champions' League qualifiers at Murrayfield this summer. The Hoops are all but certain to wrap up another Scottish League title.

Their Parkhead home will host the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games on July 23, just days after the second leg of the second qualifying round. Should they progress, the first leg of the third round will be played a week later, which may require a second date in the 67,000-seat Edinburgh ground.

Celtic have had preliminary talks with management at the home of Scottish rugby, which will have had a new hybrid pitch installed after Six Nations games this season were heavily affected by the condition of the playing surface.

Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell said: "Clearly we very much hope to be involved in the Champions League qualifying matches in July and early August and if this is the case, then we felt it important that our fans know our proposed arrangements as early as possible.

"We are fortunate that we have such a fantastic and sizeable support and clearly it is important that we allow as many fans as possible to attend our matches.

"Murrayfield is a magnificent stadium, it is the obvious choice and we are sure it will be a venue which will provide a great footballing occasion."

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Hearts and Hibernian, the two Edinburgh clubs, have used the vast stadium for friendlies against Barcelona, while Hearts played their European games there in 2006.

H/T: Irish Independent

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