The Scottish FA are set to lobby UEFA for Celtic and other Scottish clubs to automatically enter the group stages of next season’s European competitions, The Daily Record report.
The paper say the national association are preparing to represent Scottish clubs to decision-makers in Nyon, proposing that Neil Lennon’s team automatically enter the Champions League last 32 next term.
The governing body would also look to have Rangers, Motherwell and Aberdeen in the group stages of the Europa League.
It’s reported by The Record that the SFA could have an ally in UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin, who they helped elect four years.
UEFA has invited representatives of its 55 member associations, together with the boards of the European Club Association and the European Leagues and a representative of FIFPro, to a videoconference meeting on Tuesday 17 March to discuss European football’s response to the outbreak.
It could be that decisions or recommendations are made at that meeting which have a serious impact on Celtic and Scottish football.
For days now the situations has been in limbo as to whether football will return this season, though reports suggest that the sport is likely to be cancelled until the new season (Daily Record).
Celtic fans will be hoping that this means the Hoops are declared champions.
It’s also potentially going to result in significant changes to the structure of next season’s competitions at home and abroad.
As always, public health comes first in all of these scenarios, but if the SFA can somehow ensure Celtic are playing in the group stages of the Champions League it would be magical for the club’s future and for supporters, having something so grand to look forward to when football does resume.