THE league season hasn’t even started and we’ve already had one of the biggest breaking news stories in Scottish football this campaign.
Celtic are back in Champions League group stage contention after UEFA found Legia Warsaw guilty of fielding an ineligible player in their 2-0 win at Murrayfield on Wednesday, sending the Scottish champions through to the next round.
Unsurprisingly it caused quite a stir on social media with Twitter, as it tends to do, going into the proverbial meltdown.
Here’s our Twitter inspired round-up of today’s events:
The story had been brewing since last night and there was a lot of activity on Scottish football related timelines this morning when the bomb dropped...
STV Sport @STVSport
Celtic reinstated in Champions League play-offs after Legia forfeit.
The rules state that punishment for fielding an ineligible player is an automatic 3-0 defeat, meaning Celtic advanced on away goals. Some were diplomatic in their reaction...
Ronnie MacKay @RonnieMacKay
Anyone saying their club wouldn’t accept a reprieve is lying. Rules are rules.
Tom English @TomEnglishSport
This Legia business is pretty dramatic. Embarrassing for Celtic to progress despite their shellacking, but the rules are there for a reason.
Others didn’t share such passiveness since the punishment had been so extreme when compared to an apparent precedent laid down in 2010...
Andrew Gibney @Gibney_A
IMO what Legia did was the same as Debrecen 4 yeas ago. They got a fine and remained in the competition. Why is this different?
The Away End @TheAwayEnd
Celtic reinstated after UEFA discover they have a bigger fan base and media appeal than the team who outplayed them twice.
Celtic fans, to their credit, were generally a little sheepish in celebrating, while reserving unbridled joy until the situation is completely resolved...
We Are @Celtic @celtic
Listen. Nobody is saying we weren’t jammy, but we’ll take it.
Hail Hail@CelticNews @celticnews
The decision to reinstate Celtic to the CL is open to an appeal by Legia Warsaw within 5 days, this isn’t a done deal.
And then, inevitably, the jokes started...
Craig Anderson @craig_killie
Ewen Kerr @ewenkerr
Oscar Pistorius stripped of medals. UEFA give them to Celtic.
Narey’s Toepoker @Nareystoepoker
I understand that Celtic have proven that sometimes it really is the taking part that counts
And on they went...
Football Clichés @FootballCliches
Celtic unceremoniously dumped back into Europe.
Pie and Bovril @pieandbov
Frantic phone calls currently being made to Glasgow Airport to stop Fraser Forster boarding his FlyBe flight to Southampton.
At least I can say I was there to see the winning substitution.
And on, and on, and on...
Martin Samuel @themartinsamuel
Legia Warsaw are set to appeal their expulsion from the Champions League, claiming Celtic fielded 11 incompetent players.
Alistair Darling (parody) @A_DarlingMP
Embarrassment for Salmond as Celtic reinstated to the Champions League. The uncertainty of being in, out, in Europe isn’t helpful. #indyref