Celtic to play 2014/15 UEFA Champions League qualifiers at Murrayfield

Murrayfield Stadium
Murrayfield Stadium will welcome UEFA Champions League football once again.SNS

Celtic will play their first two 2014/15 UEFA Champions League qualifying round home matches at Murrayfield.

STV understands the Scottish champions-elect have reached an agreement with the Scottish Rugby Union to play their fixtures in Edinburgh.

Celtic must navigate three qualifying rounds to reach the group stage of the Champions League, with the preliminary phase running from July 15 to August 27.

It is expected the Glasgow side will play their second and third qualifying round games at Murrayfield, before returning to play at Celtic Park should they reach the play-off round phase.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland told STV: "We are aware of an agreement in principle between Celtic and Scottish Rugby to play Champions League matches at Murrayfield in July."

Neil Lennon's side will be unable to play at their home ground because of the Commonwealth Games, with the opening ceremony due to take place at Parkhead.

Celtic had considered the possibility of taking their games outside of Scotland but were blocked by UEFA regulations.

The 67,000 capacity Murrayfield Stadium will have a new pitch in place for hosting football, with a hybrid surface due to be laid after a parasite infection in the current all-grass pitch.

The ground last hosted Champions League qualifiers in 2006 when Hearts played Siroki Brijeg and AEK Athens, attracting an average crowd of 30,000.

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