Celtic could be set for surprising venue change in the Champions League

By Connor Gordon

July 17, 2019

The potential next opponents of Celtic in their Champions League qualifiers seat 650 people.

Nõmme Kalju from Estonia usually play their matches at the Hiiu Stadium in Talinn.

Some travelling fans will have had their hearts in mouth about the possibility of tickets.

However, fear not, as their last match was moved to a bigger stadium in the country’s capital.

Nõmme Kalju stadium will fit Celtic fans

Nõmme Kalju play their league matches in the capital at the Hiiu Stadium. This holds 650 fans for a normal match in the Meistriliiga.

However, in their recent qualifier against KF Shkëndija, the tie was moved across town to the Kadriorg Stadium.

Scotland famously kicking off against nobody in the Kadriorg Stadium in 1996 (Ben Radford/Allsport)

The 5,000 seater ground is far bigger than the usual home stadium. This will allow more supporters through the gates and bigger receipts for the club.

Kalju are without a win at the stadium as Shkëndija were victorious in the first leg.

However, a late winner allowed Kalju, who are unbeaten away from home, the victory on away goals.

The Estonian’s will need to get more familiar with the stadium to make it a fortress.

This is arguably their biggest match and will probably have the highest attendance.

Newcastle playing in the potential new stadium in 2006. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Newcastle United via Getty images)

The Kadriorg Stadium did belong to the Estonian national team before a 2001 move.

Celtic face an easier challenge against Nõmme Kalju

Many will have expected The Bhoys to be travelling to Macedonia for the next round.

Shkëndija were the clear favourites and more experienced team in European competition.

Nevertheless, the newbies dug their heels in to seal the victory away from home in a close match.

The potential Champions League opponents of Celtic playing in Europe in 2016. (Photo by Ercin Top/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

All things in consideration, the Kalju challenge is weaker than the one of Shkëndija.

However, no match in European football is simple and the Hoops will need to keep their vigilance.

Celtic have announced a normal kick of time of 7.45 in Glasgow but a 5pm switch around the following week in Estonia.

Let’s make sure the Sarajevo result is sewn up tonight.