New Celtic signing Diego Laxalt will be able to play against AC Milan in the UEFA Europa League group stages.
Sky Sports journalist Anthony Joseph reported before the loan deal being done that permission was needed from the Serie A side before Laxalt could face off against his parent club.
AC Milan’s Diego Laxalt is undergoing a medical in London ahead of a loan deal to Celtic.
He is due to arrive in Glasgow later.
— Anthony Joseph (@AnthonyRJoseph) October 5, 2020
However, UEFA rules will not prevent the 27-year-old from featuring against the Italians when they come calling on 22nd October.
It has since been confirmed he’ll be eligible (Sky Sports).
It’s similar to the Patrick Roberts situation in 2016/17, when the Brendan Rodgers signing went up against Manchester City, scoring at the Etihad in the Champions League.
The signing is a significant boost to Neil Lennon’s squad options ahead of the group stage campaign.
With two weeks of training, Laxalt should be a big contender to play in both the upcoming derby against Rangers and the European opener against Milan.
Laxalt told The Scottish Sun: “I know there’s no game this weekend but I’m going to start training and I can’t wait to meet my new team-mates.
“I will start the hard work and get to know everyone and all the other players.
“I want to get good results to achieve the objectives of the team. I will give my maximum in every game I play.”
Greg Taylor has been a mainstay in the left flank position throughout the early stages of the season, but Laxalt has far more top-level experience and can hopefully stake a claim.
I can’t wait to see the Uruguayan in action!