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Celtic to follow Hearts in using Murrayfield for Euros

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Celtic are reportedly set to follow Hearts in their use of Scottish Rugby’s national stadium Murrayfield, for their Champions League qualifiers next season after Celtic Park was ruled out as it is playing host to the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Murrayfield was previously used by Scottish Premiership side Hearts between 2004 and 2006 for European ties after the Tynecastle pitch was deemed too small by UEFA.

The home of Scottish rugby was sprayed with garlic in November to try to eradicate nematodes and roundworms which have infested the grass, and plans are afoot to replace the grass pitch with hybrid grass.

Celtic won three Champions League qualifying rounds this season, reaching the group stages of the competition where they faced Barcelona, AC Milan and Ajax; where they finished bottom of the group.

There had been considerations by the Scottish champions to play one of their fixtures in either England or in Ireland next season, but that would have been rejected by UEFA as their rules state that Champions League matches 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”.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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