Reinstated Celtic will be back at Murrayfield

Celtic have been handed a Champions League reprieve. Pic: SNS
Celtic have been handed a Champions League reprieve. Pic: SNS
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Celtic were reinstated to the Champions League play-offs today after Legia Warsaw were forced to forfeit their 2-0 win in Edinburgh on Wednesday night for fielding an ineligible player.

UEFA ruled that Bartosz Bereszynski, a late substitute for Legia at Murrayfield, was not eligible to play as he was still suspended. They have awarded Celtic a 3-0 win on the night, meaning the Scots progress ahead of Legia on the away goals rule after an aggregate scoreline of 4-4.

Celtic were handed a draw against Slovenian champions Maribor for the Champions League play-offs having avoided the Europa League and will play their home tie at BT Murrayfield Stadium.

Bereszynski was sent off for violent conduct against Apollon in the final match of Legia’s Europa League campaign last season. He was given a three-match ban and missed both legs of last month’s second qualifying round against St Patrick’s Athletic as well as the first leg against Celtic in Warsaw.

However, he had not been named as a registered player in Legia’s squad for the St Pat’s matches and thus was not considered to have served any of his ban. That amounted to a rule breach when he appeared against Celtic and UEFA this morning ruled a 3-0 win in Celtic’s favour - taking them through to the next round of the Champions League and leaving Legia in the Europa League play-offs.