Celtic will be forced to stay an extra night than they’d like in Bosnia following UEFA’s decision to switch the venue of our upcoming playoff against Sarajevo, The Scottish Sun has reported.

As we discussed last week, the match has been moved to Zenica, over 40 miles away.

That’s because UEFA do not deem Sarajevo’s home ground to be of a sufficient standard for this stage of European competition.

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Celtic ordinarily like to return to Glasgow as soon as possible after a match, even if they arrive in the middle of the night.

However, that’s been made too complicated.

Celtic boss Neil Lennon

Celtic boss Neil Lennon / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lennon told The Scottish Sun: “I don’t know why the venue has changed, but that’s outwith our control. The airport will be shut, so we will probably stay over there after the game as well.

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“Sarajevo are pretty similar to last season, although they have changed some personnel. They’re a big, strong, athletic and physical outfit. We will prepare as best we can. It is a difficult one.


“We are playing in a neutral stadium with no fans, so it is just about getting the preparations right as best we can.”

A spanner in the works like this is not ideal with a Sunday lunchtime kick-off against St Johnstone to navigate.

We shouldn’t be too worried, though.

Celtic began the season in Sarajevo

Celtic in action against Sarajevo / (ELVIS BARUKCIC/AFP via Getty Images)

The Bhoys have just provided their best performance of the season on the back of a tough 90 minutes away to Riga in Latvia, so we should be good to go for the trip to Perth at the weekend.

St Johnstone have lost their last three matches without scoring a goal, and we’ll be red hot favourites regardless of the circumstances.

In other news, Gillingham boss Steve Evans continues to be impressed by Celtic loan player Scott Robertson.

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