Celtic head into the Europa League on Thursday night; starting their campaign against Italian giants Milan in the first group stage tie.
So what can we expect from this seasons competition?
Two major decisions have been made for this year’s group stage which will have an impact on games.
- There will be NO VAR during the groups stage of the competition and like last season, they will roll it out for the knockout stages. The plan was to have it in place for the groups this year until circumstances changed.
- There will be FIVE substitutions allowed in the game, the same as the SPFL. These subs will allowed to be used in the standard three allotted substitute times.
We have seen how VAR can operate and it’s to the detriment of the game at times. Not having VAR could be a blessing or in Celtic fashion, we’ll provable be denied a stonewall decision which the cameras would’ve picked up.
Had VAR been in place the last time Milan came to town, Dida would have been rolled right off his stretcher!
The subs rule is also a game changer; having the ability to give your team that extra bit of freshness when a game is finally poised could tip the scale one way or the other. M