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Celtic still waiting for approval for three match French trip

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Celtic’s trip to France is still waiting on approval from the Scottish Government.

Neil Lennon’s squad are currently training at Loughborough University with three matches arranged against Lyon, Nice and Paris Saint Germain starting on July 16.

While the UK Government has cleared travel from France to England without quarantine the Scottish Government is expected to name its air corridors tomorrow.

France, Spain and Germany are expected to be included but as things stand anyone travelling to Scotland from France has to go into self-isolation for 14 days. Some people may be able to evade that btu not a group of 30 high profile footballers and their associated coaching party.

The Daily Record reports:

Celtic have escaped over the border to set up a training base at Loughborough University but, along with Old Firm rivals Rangers, are also waiting for the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to give the go ahead for international travel which would allow both clubs to travel to France to take part in a mini tournament with Lyon and Nice without having to place players in a period of self-isolation.

With the SPFL season kicking off on August 2 the matches in France are an essential part of Celtic’s build up to the new season.

Scotland has been behind England in relaxing Lockdown regulations with contact training only permitted last week.

While some media outlets such as the BBC suggest that the 2019/20 season should have been resumed the reality is that the Scottish Government has still to give clubs permission to play friendly matches with a number of SPFL clubs hoping to play this weekend including Dundee United v Motherwell at Tannadice.

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