CELTIC have received a Champions League boost from the management team of KR Reykjavik, who believe that they will be given the OK to travel to Glasgow to face Neil Lennon’s side. The Icelandic side are confident of securing clearance to take a chartered flight from Iceland to Glasgow in order to play the match at Celtic Park.
According to the Daily Record, the Icelandic side will charter a flight for 30 people ahead of the clash next Tuesday. Should they fail to do so, the Scottish Champions would be forced to complete the tie in a neutral venue.
The winners of the initial tie have been given a home draw against either Ferencvaros (Hungary) or Djurgardens IF (Sweden) in the third qualifying round of the Champions League qualifiers. That means that Celtic could have two home ties in these one off games that will be settled over one match rather than the usual two leg affairs. However there may be a need to move one or both to neutral venues depending on the various restrictions that could be enforced due to the pandemic.
As the news from Iceland seems to indicate, the second qualifying round looks set to go ahead at Celtic Park. A statement from Sveinbjorn Thorsteinsson, the club spokesman said: “We are still working on it as the rules are we need to go on a private plane from our national airport, but it should not be a problem.
“The regulations of UEFA say you cannot go on a normal flight. You need to take a charter. I think we are going to be fine.
“We are intending to have around 30 people coming on the aeroplane. We believe the tie is Tuesday, so we will fly on Monday.”