Friday 23 February 2018

SPL refuse Celtic fixture request

The Scottish Premier League have confirmed that there is no possibility of them rescheduling games in order to provide Celtic with extra time to prepare for their Champions League ties in February and March.

In the wake of the club's victory over Spartak Moscow, which saw them qualify for the last 16, Kilmarnock manager Kenny Shiels called on the ruling body to redraw the fixture list with a view to maximising the Glasgow giants' prospects of progressing.

Celtic manager Neil Lennon welcomed the suggestion but the SPL, while sympathetic, claim they have no room to manoeuvre when it comes to moving league dates.

In August, the Scottish champions took advantage of an offer to postpone a fixture so that they could accept lucrative offers from elsewhere. Celtic chose to play Real Madrid in a money-spinning friendly in Philadelphia, a choice which appears to have come back to haunt them.

The league fixture they were supposed to play against Dundee United at Parkhead on August 11 has yet to be fulfilled. Their failure to beat Arbroath at home in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup has added to their problems, with the replay taking place tomorrow night.

Irish Independent

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