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Celtic snub Legia's plea but lose Forster to Saints


Celtic's Fraser Foster. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Celtic's Fraser Foster. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Celtic's Fraser Foster. Photo: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

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.

And the Parkhead club are carrying on with their team-building plans with under-pressure manager Ronny Deila as England keeper Fraser Forster has left for Southampton in a £10milion deal while Alexsander Tonov will complete a loan switch from Aston Villa to Celtic later today.

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 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 asked their Scottish counterparts to decide that place in the playoff round with a one-off game, 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.

But that appeal by club owner Daruisz Mioduski 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, clearly aware that the governing body would never sanction a one-off game.

Meanwhile Forster, 26, has penned a four-year deal at St Mary's, where he will compete with Artur Boruc for the number one spot.

"Fraser is a very talented player and we are delighted to be able to bring him to Southampton," manager Ronald Koeman said.

New loan signing Tonev goes strraight into the Bhoys squad for Wednesday's SPL clash with Johnstone.