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CELTIC have knocked back an appeal by Legia Warsaw for a winner-takes-all playoff to decide which clubs gets into the next phase of the Champions League.

Despite their embarrassing 6-1 aggregate loss to the Polish champions, Celtic are still in the Champions League, due to face Slovenian side NK Maribor in the playoff round later this month, as Legia Warsaw were punished by UEFA for fielding an ineligible player in their away win over the Bhoys.

Legia are allowed to appeal the decision by UEFA to effectively kick them out of the Champions League but the Warsaw club made an appeal to their Scottish counterparts to decide that place in the playoff round with a one-off game, either in Poland or Scotland.

With echoes of the FAI's plea for Ireland to be allowed play at the 2010 World Cup finals as the "33rd nation" following the heartbreak of the Thierry Henry handball, Legia asked Celtic to consider a match to decide on the issue.

But that appeal by club owner Daruisz Modiuski (inset) did not go down well with Celtic. "We are disappointed by Legia Warsaw's comments. This is entirely a matter for UEFA and its processes.

"Accordingly, we will reserve further comment for the appropriate time," the Parkhead club said in a statement last night, the Bhoys making it clear that they will abide by UEFA rules, clearly aware that the governing body would never sanction a one-off game.


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