Celtic fans will be able to watch the club’s Champions League opener on television after Premier Sports moved to snap up the rights.
Neil Lennon’s men open their long and arduous qualification campaign with a tough looking away clash to Bosnian champions FK Sarajevo. Not too many Hoops fans will be in attendance in the balmy conditions after the club’s official travel partner scrapped plans for a charter flight.
But the Hoops faithful will be able to see the match live after Premier Sports picked up the rights.
📅 Premier Sports are delighted to announce we will be showing live coverage of Celtic's Champions League 1st Round Qualifier 1st leg fixture on July 9th!
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The Champions League’s television deal with BT Sport doesn’t kick in until the playoff round meaning that Hoops fans could be forced to subscribe to Premier if they want to see the match.
Premier Sports’ influence is growing
The new channel has recently taken a big step into Scottish football after securing rights for both the Betfred Cup and the Scottish Cup. That means that Celtic could play as many as a dozen games on the channel this coming season.
They don’t have any rights for league matches, however. That will remain split between Sky and BT for this coming season before the former takes up exclusive rights the following season.
Next Tuesday’s match kicks-off at the slightly earlier time of 18:45 in Britain. That’s 19:45 in Sarajevo.