Date: 21st February 2020 at 7:25pm
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Celtic are playing for more than a place in the last 16 of the Europa League when they take on Copenhagen on Thursday.

A 0-0 draw would take the hoops through but any sort of win would allow this season’s SPFL champions to advance straight into the Play Off Round of the Champions League. With a 10 point advantage at the top of the Premiership table Celtic are strong favourites to win their ninth successive title.

Over the last three seasons the Scottish champions have entered the competition at the first qualifying round and while the opponents are generally straightforward getting through eight consecutive midweek matches to reach the group stage takes its toll.

In the last two seasons Celtic have been knocked out at the Third Qualifying Round by AEK Athens and Cluj.

If the Scottish champions go in at the final qualifying round it will cut out six midweek fixtures, with the SPFL Premiership campaign starting on August 3 there will be three rounds of domestic fixtures before the Champions League Play Off round.

With Euro 2020 running through June and July internationalists aren

This season teams such as Cluj were paid €5m.for reaching the Play Off round which is significantly more than Celtic got for winning last season’s SPFL title.

The winners of the Play Off go into the Champions League with the losers dropping into the Europa League group stage.