Celtic were drawn against KR Reykjavik on Sunday morning in the first round of Champions League qualifiers. Nothing about this season is going to be straight forward and if you needed any proof, our opponents now need to seek special dispensation to make the tie at Celtic Park later in the month.
The Icelandic government shut down all sports after the fear of a second wave in the country looked more likely. The football was set to kick off around the same time as the SPFL at the start of August but no word yet when their football will resume.
KR will need to make the trip from Iceland to Scotland, for that, they will need the backing of the government, much like Celtic and Scottish football teams have a special dispensation within a sporting bubble.
The Icelandic season has been suspended due to a Covid spike, KR will need a dispensation from the authorities for clearance.
— Icelandic Football UK (@marcboal) August 9, 2020
The game SHOULD go ahead at Celtic Park but as we saw in Aberdeen, things can change quickly and Glasgow could suffer the same fate if the infection rate rises. This would leave UEFA looking for a neutral venue for the game.
IF KR Reykjavik can’t fulfil the fixture, they will forfeit the tie.