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Celtic get green light for Euro showdown

Celtic's place in the Champions League play-offs is looking secure after Legia Warsaw failed to submit the prompt appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport they had promised.

Legia boss Henning Berg declared on Thursday that the Swiss-based court could decide on their bid to overturn their effective expulsion from the competition by the end of the weekend.

But his chairman then claimed UEFA had failed to co-operate with their attempts to force a fast-track hearing and CAS had received nothing from the Polish club just before the close of business yesterday. UEFA's appeals body on Thursday upheld a decision by its disciplinary body to award Ronny Deila (above) and his Celtic side a 3-0 third qualifying round second-leg win after the Poles fielded an ineligible player.

That allowed Celtic to step up preparations to face Maribor in Slovenia on Wednesday in the play-offs, while Legia look set for a Europa League clash at Aktobe in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

In a statement just before their offices closed, CAS said: "If an appeal is filed today before close of business, it seems unlikely that a hearing can still be organised on Monday.

"The only option for Legia would be to request urgent provisional measures. UEFA would then have a short time limit to send a written answer and the CAS would issue an order granting or rejecting the request, probably on the same day (Monday). If the request is rejected, there will be no change in the programme of the UCL (UEFA Champions League) next week.

"If it is granted or partially granted, we should see what is ordered and it is too early to make any hypothesis."

Legia chairman Dariusz Mioduski earlier said that UEFA would not fast-track their application.


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