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Elfsborg set dates for Celtic matches

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Champions League Celtic newsElfsborg want to play their Champions League ties with Celtic on successive Wednesday’s.

Both club’s have to get through the return legs of their second qualifying ties but you can name your odds on either side failing to go through with 3-0 and 7-1 advantages from the first legs.

UEFA have set aside Tuesday and Wednesday of the next two weeks for the ties to be played and only step in if agreement can’t be reached.

As well as the Mo Bangura situation both clubs will be putting plans in place with the first leg at Celtic Park coming just eight days after the return leg with Cliftonville.

Discussing the matter the Elfsborg website said: “Our ambition is to play Wednesday and Wednesday with the away meeting on 7/31 at 19:45 local time and the home meeting on 7/8 and there is no time proposed yet.

“This is of course only preliminary, UEFA should say his clubs but we agree and then there should be no problem.”

Out of respect for their second round opponents no official announcement will be made until the ties are confirmed.

Elfsborg are currently sitting in fifth place in the Allsvensken table with just one win from their last four matches which includes a 2-1 defeat away to Malmo who beat Hibs 2-0 last week.

No league game was scheduled for this weekend to help Elfsborg European prospects, inbetween the two legs with Celtic the Swedish champs will face a tricky away match at AIK Stockholm.

Lars Lasse is Elfsborg’s top scorer with 6 goals in 13 games this season including one in the 7-1 Champions League victory over Daugava Daugavpils.

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  • Tully says:

    Why exactly do we need to play the second leg away from home when we’re the seeded team?

    • Mick says:

      That doesn’t make any difference I’m afraid.
      When the draw was made, we came out of the seeded bowl and Elfsborg came out of the non-seeded bowl. Both balls were then placed in to another bowl from which we were drawn out first, meaning that we would be at home first.
      The same thing happened when we were drawn against Cliftonville, but both teams agreed to change the schedule of matches to maximise the financial outcome of having the first leg at home for the Solitude Reds.

  • Sweeney Hughes says:

    We’re in this state because the international out-misfit is being run by a shower of clueless b#######, and no matter how many last 16s we make the huns will always negate it by being given illegal European license and getting humped time and time again by s?cond rate team


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