FK Sarajevo league match before Celtic play-off tie is postponed

By John Reid

September 25, 2020

FK Sarajevo have been given a helping hand by the Bosnian football association ahead of their Europa League play-off tie against Celtic, the Scottish Sun reports.

Sarajevo were due to play their rivals Zeljeznicar on Monday night, but the game has been postponed. That gives the Bosnian side more time to get ready for the match against Celtic, which is set to take place next Thursday.

Sadly Celtic aren’t afforded the same luxury as their opponents. The Hoops take on Hibernian in what could be an exciting game on Sunday, before heading to Bosnia.

No point in Hoops making a similar request

Celtic probably could have requested that the game against Hibs be postponed, but really there is no point. The Hoops are already facing a backlog of fixtures as it is.

Celtic celebrate against Sarajevo last season (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

There is the league game against Aberdeen to fit in, and the league game against St Mirren that has been postponed next month for the Scottish Cup semi-final.

That is already two games Celtic need to fit into an incredibly busy schedule. There is no point adding a third by cancelling the Hibernian game.

Hoops boss would probably not be in favour of postponement

Neil Lennon would probably not be in favour of cancelling the game anyway. He will want Celtic to play as many games as possible before the Hoops go on another international break after next Sunday’s game against St Johnstone.

A win against a good Hibs side on Sunday could give Celtic an edge heading into the play-off.

Celtic met Sarajevo in the Champions League last season / (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Only time will tell if Sarajevo’s break will give them the upper hand in the play-off. Celtic really shouldn’t fear playing them though.

It should not be forgotten that only last year the Hoops won 3-1 in Sarajevo. The current Celtic side are more than capable of emulating that result.

If Celtic can play to the best of the team’s abilities, then it won’t matter that Sarajevo had a free week before the play-off. The Hoops will go through anyway, the team just needs to perform.

In other news, a Sky Sports reporter has hinted at a Celtic Ryan Doughty transfer breakthrough.