Edwin van der Sar's comments on UEFA are encouraging for Celtic and Scottish Premiership

By John McGinley

April 19, 2020

It’s increasingly looking like UEFA won’t be standing in the way of the SPFL’s decision to end the Scottish Premiership on an average points basis, should on the pitch action not be able to resume because of the current public health crisis.

Clubs in Scotland voted for that scenario last week meaning Celtic are on the verge of being named champions for the ninth successive season.

There had been concerns this could impact European qualification for next season after UEFA raised a problem with similar season-ending indicators coming from Belgium.

However, comments from Ajax chief executive Edwin van der Sar suggest there’s been a significant softening of the governing body’s stance.

The former goalkeeper is confident that there will be no sanctions placed on terms in relation to participation in the 2020/21 Champions League and Europa League.

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As quoted by The Scottish Sun, he said: “I’ve spoken to UEFA a lot and the relationship between us now is good, despite us making clear we want to end the Eredivisie immediately so clubs can get paid out.

“I believe UEFA’s position on medium and smaller leagues has changed.

“Certainly, I no longer believe there will be any possibility of possible sanctions that would exclude teams from European football next season.

“Throughout this, we have been in close contact with UEFA, the European Clubs’ Association and of course all the other teams from our league and there is a growing belief everything will be decided next week.”

Where will Celtic be playing in Europe next season? / (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

If the Ajax official is correct, that means the Hoops will be throwing a hat into the ring for the Champions League next season, though qualification for that is clearly a long way from being sorted out.

Celtic have had to run a familiar summer gauntlet for years now but with the timetable of football across the continent through into chaos, UEFA have yet to indicate how they’ll be sorting out the group stages of both competitions next term.

With meetings scheduled for later this week, Thursday 23rd April to be precise, hopefully we find out much more over the coming days.


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