Derry City could play Celtic this weekend if Dundalk’s proposed trip to Paradise hits the skids.
Mirror Sport understands that the Candystripes are waiting in the wings as a back-up option for the Scottish giants.
Derry City chiefs have sought clarity on the travel implications of going to Scotland in the event they get a green light for Parkhead.
The club’s technical director Paddy McCourt is a former Celtic player and is regarded as a cult hero by the green half of Glasgow.
Northern Ireland’s Covid-19 regulations are governed by the UK.
And countries in the Common Travel Area (CTA) – which includes Scotland and the Republic of Ireland – are not required to adhere to quarantine restrictions.
But Dundalk have first dibs on Neil Lennon’s Celtic and are still waiting to hear if Saturday’s game – which they arranged three weeks ago – can go ahead.
The Irish Government has yet to publish its ‘green list’ of countries that won’t require self isolation on return to Ireland.
That announcement is expected on Wednesday and Dundalk are hoping that Scotland is earmarked as a standalone destination, rather than falling under the UK umbrella as the latter won’t be on the list.
Dundalk players and coaching staff cannot afford to isolate for two weeks as they resume League of Ireland action against St Pat’s on Friday week.
In the event that Dundalk do make the trip, they plan to travel by ferry – on a two-tier bus to comply with social distancing – from Northern Ireland.
Meanwhile, Luke Wade-Slater is set to become a free agent ahead of the League of Ireland transfer window closing on July 31.
It is understood that he is leaving Bohemians, with the club poised to confirm his departure ahead of next week’s return to action.