Celtic all set for Champions League qualifiers at Murrayfield


Celtic have announced that they will play their first two UEFA Champions League qualifying games at the home of Scottish Rugby, Murrayfield stadium in Edinburgh.

With Celtic Park unavailable due to it being used for the opening ceremony for the Commonwealth Games, Murrayfield is the only available choice as Hampden is unavailable also.

The Scottish Premiership league leaders will become the third football club to play games at Murrayfield, following on from Hearts who played their UEFA Champions League qualifying games at the stadium in 2006 and Hibernian played a lucrative pre-season friendly against La Liga giants Barcelona.

The Celtic board and Murrayfield stadium management team have already held advanced talks over the use of the stadium.

Soeaking to the official club website, Celtic Chief Executive 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.

“We will keep our supporters well informed of all potential arrangements as we move forward”.

Scottish Rugby’s Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs, Dominic McKay, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Celtic Football Club to Murrayfield for their UEFA Champions League qualifying matches this summer, one of the biggest annual sport competitions.

“Scottish Rugby is proud of the facilities we have on offer in Edinburgh. This is a fantastic opportunity for Celtic to work with us to promote Murrayfield as a venue not just for rugby, in 2014.”

Murrayfield will see some redevelopment ahead of Celtic calling, as the worm infested pitch at the national stadium is dug up and replaced by a hybrid grass pitch.

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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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