Bizarre Celtic kick-off time against Ferencvaros announced; UEFA dictated

By John McGinley

August 30, 2021

Celtic will now play at home to Ferencvaros in the UEFA Europa League on Tuesday, 19th October at a bizarre kick-off time of 3:30pm.

The bizarre schedule was announced by the club today in a lengthy statement explaining the circumstances.

Celtic say that due to the upcoming COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow and UEFA rules, the Bhoys were unable to secure a common-sense alternative.

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UEFA TV rules dictate that the Tuesday fixture cannot clash with Champions League fixtures on the same night. And the match has to be played on this date due to Police Scotland guidance.

It leaves Celtic in a difficult position. Although they have tried their best to accommodate season ticket holders in this unusual scenario.

The club say that supporters will now have priority access to purchase individual tickets for the three home group stage matches, with the realisation many people will not be able to attend the afternoon fixture against the Hungarians.

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The three-match package will still be on sale to those who wish to take up the club’s offer.

Clearly, this will be a blow to those unable to attend or watch the fixture due to other work, education and family commitments.

It sounds like Celtic have done their best. It’s unfortunate TV broadcasts in other countries limits our options like this. UEFA should really rethink their stance as it’s incredibly unfair to match-going supporters.

In other news, Celtic youngster Tobi Oluwayemi is now an England U19s player.