Alan Thompson believes Celtic deserve Europa League reprieve

Alan Thompson
Thompson believes Celtic should be reinstated in the Europa league

Celtic coach Alan Thompson believes the Parkhead club deserve to be reinstated to the Europa League despite being knocked out by Sion.

The Court of Arbitration will rule on whether five Sion players - including goalscorer Pascal Feinduono - were eligible for the tie under Fifa rules.

But Thompson says there's no question the Swiss side gained an advantage.

"If Feindouno doesn't play he doesn't score his two goals and we go through 1-1," he said.

"If we get reinstated we will delighted, we can go and enjoy six games in Europe and see what happens."

Speaking after his side's 2-0 victory over St Mirren, the former Celtic midfielder said the win was vital after the disappointment of their European exit at the hands of Sion, who triumphed 3-1 on aggregate against Neil Lennon's side.

A brace from Gary Hooper within the opening 12 minutes secured three points for Celtic - and their first win in four matches.

"After losing last week at home to St Johnstone and the disappointment of the midweek game in Europe it was vital that we got back on track before most of the boys go on international duty.

"I think we thoroughly deserved the win."

With uncertainty over the club's European fate Thompson admitted he was unsure how much transfer activity there may be before the transfer window closes on Wednesday night.

But he confirmed he was aware of interest in midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, but is hoping the South Korean remains in Glasgow.

"I think there has been well-documented interest in the lad and rightly so, he is a terrific player with a massive future but not one we are looking to get out the door.

"We don't want any of our better players leaving."

Thompson also confirmed the club are looking at AIK Stockholm striker Mohamed Bangura but denied interest had reached the stage of negotiations.

"I don't think we are in talks with him," added Thompson. "It is too far advanced to say that but we have been looking at him."

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