UEFA are planning to radically change the qualifying process for the Champions League next season, which will of course have an impact on Celtic, The Times report.
Neil Lennon’s Bhoys are on the verge of being declared Scottish Premiership champions, becoming Scotland’s representative in Europe’s premier club competition next term.
However, due to the ongoing health crisis, it’s unlikely that UEFA will be able to deliver a full schedule of qualifying that usually results in six teams joining the group stages of the Champions League alongside title winners and best-placed sides from the biggest leagues.
The Times believes that one of the scenarios being considered is a one-off play-off round between teams from the 12 top-ranking countries that do not already have representatives in the groups.
That would mean Celtic would only have to take part in a single tie for the opportunity to reach the cash-rich group stages.
Another proposal being discussed, according to the paper, involves UEFA reducing current qualifying rounds to a single leg played at a neutral venue.
It seems that whichever route they go down that there will be significant changes for the Hoops this summer or autumn.
The Times reckons that a decision on all this will be made at a teleconference meeting of UEFA’s executive committee on May 27th.
That means we’re only a couple of weeks away from having real clarity on what European football will look like at Celtic Park next term.
Although we’re rightfully preoccupied with the ongoing health crisis, the thought of Lennon and his team taking to the pitch under the lights at some point this year is something to look forward to.
What a sight it will be!