Tuesday 22 May 2018

Parkhead in line to host PRO14 final next season

Celtic fans in the safe-standing area at Parkhead.
Celtic fans in the safe-standing area at Parkhead.
Glasgow Celtic's home ground at Parkhead could be set to stage next season’s PRO14 final as organisers seek to spread the appeal of the competition. Photo: EMPICS Sport

John Fallon

Glasgow Celtic's home ground at Parkhead could be set to stage next season's PRO14 final as organisers seek to spread the appeal of the competition.

It's expected that Celtic Park might be confirmed as the venue for next year's decider in the coming weeks, amid reports that the PRO14 final could also be staged in South Africa in the next few seasons.

Sources in South Africa say that PRO14 organisers have suggested to SARU officials - whose permission would be required to stage the match there - that they are keen to look at bringing their showpiece there, with Cape Town the likely venue if that happens.

But with the final having not yet taken place in either Wales or Italy, bringing it to South Africa might still be some way off.

Eight finals have taken place since the play-off system was introduced in 2009-'10 and seven of them have taken place in Ireland, with another due later this month at the Aviva Stadium which will host the final for the second year in a row.

Irish Independent

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