Celtic have announced that they will play their Europa League match against Ferencvaros at 3:30 pm on Tuesday, October 19. Celtic and Rangers were both due to play on October 21. However, Police Scotland revealed that they were unable to provide their service in case both teams played their home games simultaneously.
UEFA authorities have told Celtic that they must bring their Europa League clash forward by two days while playing in the afternoon. The time is important so that it does not clash with the Champions League matches later in the day. The afternoon kickoff will no doubt be a logistical issue for fans. A number of supporters might not be able to get time off work for the game. The club said that they have explored different scenarios but could not avoid the scenario.
“In an attempt to avoid this change we have been in extensive discussions with all relevant authorities, exhausting all avenues to try and establish a better solution for the club and our supporters,” Celtic said in a statement regarding their Europa League fixture. “However, none of these other options have been successful, due to either UEFA considerations, policing requirements or domestic fixture scheduling.”
“Clearly this is an unfortunate and unique set of circumstances driven by Cop26.” the statement added. “We fully understand the frustrations of our supporters. We can assure our fans that we have made significant representation at the highest levels to try and avoid this eventuality.”