Celtic have received a European reprieve after UEFA elected to expel FC Sion from the Europa League and reinstate the Glasgow club.
Despite losing over two legs to the Swiss team, Celtic will receive another chance, and have been placed straight into Group I alongside Atletico Madrid, Udinese and Rennes.
Sion were thrown out of the competition for fielding ineligible players signed despite being banned from transfer activity, and though they have three days in which to build a case to appeal the decision, they are not expected to win.
“We have been advised by UEFA that the two protests relating to the matches against FC Sion have been upheld, as a result of which each match has been forfeited in favour of Celtic,” said a Celtic spokesperson.
“We are pleased by this decision, the approach which has been taken by UEFA and the fact that UEFA rules and regulations have been upheld. We are also grateful for the support of the SFA in this matter.”