Rennes and Celtic – the bottom two in Europa League Group I – meet in France tonight, with doubts still surrounding the future of disqualified team FC Sion.
The Swiss side were booted out of the competition despite beating Celtic 3-1 on aggregate in the play-offs.
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But Sion chairman Christian Constantin has never stopped fighting to win their place back in the competition after being booted out for fielding ineligible players in the play-off win over Neil Lennon’s team in August.
Celtic will jet to Switzerland on Friday for crunch talks with UEFA after shock new plans which may see the Bhoys playing Europa League group games until February.
European football chiefs were yesterday hauled before a Swiss court in Vaud along with Sion in a bid to solve the neverending saga over the Swiss club’s expulsion.
Despite having appeals rejected by UEFA, Constantin has forced the issue of reinstatement and the decision now lies with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who will make a final judgment this week.
Uefa, however, responded to a request by the tribunal in Vaud to present documentation detailing the options for letting Sion back in.
In all honesty, it all presents a significant distraction for both sides ahead of the clash at Stade de la Route de Lorient at a time when both need points to climb the group table.
Both clubs have started their campaign with a defeat and a draw, and with Atletico Madrid and Udinese looking like the likely qualifiers from the group, three points in this fixture is a must.
The action kicks off at 18:00 BST and it’s difficult to pick a winner from this one. Celtic have had a difficult start in the Scottish Premier League and with Rennes in decent form domestically, the French team will start as slight favourites.