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Celtic ready for Murrayfield switch

By Andy Newport

Celtic have announced plans to play their Champions League qualifiers at Murrayfield should the runaway Scottish Premiership leaders go on to wrap up their third title in a row.

The Hoops' Celtic Park home will be used to stage the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on July 23.

That date comes just days after the second leg of the second qualifying round, which is scheduled for either July 22 or 23, with the first match of the third qualifying round due to take place a week after.

Neil Lennon's side have now proposed to play their ties at the home of Scottish rugby, claiming the 67,000-seater Edinburgh arena "is the logical choice" to host the crucial European clashes while Parkhead is out of use.

The club confirmed they have already held advanced discussions with the management of Murrayfield Stadium.

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."

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