Celtic could play European fixture in Dublin

The Scottish champions are assessing a number of alternative venues to play potential European qualification games with Celtic Park set to be used in the Commonwealth Games
Celtic could potentially play European qualification games in Ireland next season, according to the club's chief executive.

A number of Scottish venues, including Celtic Park, will be used during the Commonwealth Games in the summer of 2014 meaning the Bhoys must seek an alternative stadium in which to contest potential qualification games, should they qualify for Uefa competition next season.

"We are in discussion with Uefa in terms of what options we have," said the club's chief executive Peter Lawwell "Once they are happy with those options then we will go and speak to the relevant owners of the stadia, possibly outside Scotland."

Referencing the successful friendly fixture between Celtic and Liverpool that took place at the Aviva Stadium this summer, Lawwell suggested that the Dublin venue presented a viable option. The home of Scottish rugby, the 67,000 capacity Murrayfield in Edinburgh, was also named as "the only Scottish option."

"It could be England or Ireland. The Aviva in Dublin or Croke Park or maybe even down south at a northern [Premier League] club. We have a big support in Dublin and the stadium was full when we played Liverpool in the summer there, so that would be great," said the Celtic chief.

"Murrayfield is a big attraction clearly because it is near for the supporters, it's a fantastic stadium and that would be a high contender. That would be the only Scottish option," he added.

Lawwell said that manager Neil Lennon would have input into the preferred venue and concluded that a decision would be made "early in the new year."

"Neil would have an impact on the decision and we would need to look at ways of making sure the atmosphere was there and it was well attended. We will probably reach a decision early in the new year," he said.