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01 Nov 2013 12:22:58

Celtic To Use St James' Park For Home Game?

St James' Park could be used to stage a Champions League game next season - for Celtic.

The Scottish club will have to play at least one and maybe two qualifying matches away from their own stadium next summer because at that time it will be hosting part of the Commonwealth Games.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell has admitted Dublin and the North of England are his two options of alternative venues, if the game is taken out of Scotland.

The Chronicle understands that St James' Park is the by far the favourite choice by Celtic, because of the close proximity to Glasgow, if the game is taken south of the border.

Lawwell: “We’re actually in discussion with UEFA about what options we have.

“Then, once we’re happy with those options, we go and talk to the relevant owners of the stadiums....(we are considering) the Aviva, Croke Park or, maybe, down south, a northern Premier League club.”

A decision will made made in the new year.

Newcastle have strong links with the Scottish side, as they travelled down for the testimonials for both Alan Shearer and Peter Beardsley.

The other side of the fence ... some Toon fans have rounded on Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley after Glasgow Rangers training macs appeared on the club's official online shop

Within hours of them appearing on the website there calls from fans on the club's supporter forums and Facebook fan groups for the coats to be taken down and today the £39.99 jackets have been removed.

Geoff Robinson, 46, who is part of fan group Time 4 Change said: "When you see Mike Ashley selling another club's brand on the NUFC website it makes you boil. This is the first time I've seen anything like it and it's disrespectful."

Mike Ashley is now the third-biggest shareholder in Rangers with an 8.9 per cent stake as the club and signed a deal to sell their merchandise earlier this year.

There is no NUFC merchandise on the Rangers website.

Source: Newcastle United Mad


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