Celtic Park will host two UEFA guests for Valencia tie

By Connor Gordon

February 14, 2019

Celtic will host two massive names from UEFA for tonight’s Europa League tie against Valencia.

President Aleksander Čeferin and Director of Competitions Giorgio Marchetti will be present at a traditional Parkhead European night.

However, questions surround whether the visit is just for the match itself or is there something greater afoot.

Celtic part of a new UEFA club competition?

The question was raised by tonight’s BT Sport presenter Darrell Currie who also announced the two men’s arrival on Twitter.

Could Celtic be joining a potential inter-European league to replace the current competitions?

Will Celtic’s future be away from the UEFA Champions League? (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Hoops are a massive team in European football and its stadium is famed the world over.

Fans will recognise Marchetti for drawing the ties, but could he be the man with opening the crystal ball to Celtic’s future?

If something is in the pipeline, perhaps the organisers will want the Scottish champions.

However, this is all speculation at the moment, but the organisation are looking into adding another competition.

The working title of Europa League 2 will allow countries from lower ranked nations to have more teams in European competition.

UEFA Europa League is getting a little brother in a couple of years (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

Čeferin has already silenced a possibility of a UEFA Super League though, calling it ‘fiction’.

This said, Hoops’ Chief Executive, Peter Lawwell, is on the European Club Association which helps deal with football issues on the continent.

UEFA here for massive tie experience?

Perhaps the duo are in Glasgow merely for the occasion which is the last 32 of the Europa League.

Two massive teams will collide tonight at Parkhead in the first leg with both hoping to progress.

Delegates do like going to massive matches around the world – the likes of FIFA President Gianni Infantino went to the Boca Juniors vs River Plate for the Copa Libertadores final.

Two European giants clash almost 18 years ago. (Photo by Dave Rogers/ALLSPORT)

It’s not known whether the two men have visited Celtic Park on a European night and just fancy the experience.

Whatever reason they are in Glasgow for, one thing is for sure and that is they will be in for a treat.

Two powerhouses of European football will battle it out to get to the next round of the competition.

Let’s hope it is those in green and white showing their importance to progressing in Europe.