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Peter Lawwell singles out the biggest problem facing Celtic as a club

The Celtic chief executive has been discussing the landscape of European football.

Peter Lawwell feels the restriction of playing in a country with only five million people is the biggest problem facing Celtic as a club at present, according to the Scotsman.

The Bhoys chief executive was discussing any potential move to England for his side, something he says was a distinct possibility in the past.

He has also been discussing a greater volume of European games for clubs in smaller footballing nations, as well as the possibility of a British cross-border competition.

And Lawwell says something has to be done for Celtic, as it is 'absolutely clear' they cannot compete with the biggest sides on the continent playing in a country with only five million people.

The Hoops, however, are not alone in suffering from the problem, he believes...

“We’re not alone,” he said. “I think there’s a recognition at Uefa that the big countries are moving away – particularly England – and the rest are being left behind. They are looking for solutions.

“The most likely at the moment would probably be one of two options: a change in European access and structure – more clubs with more European games and less domestic ones.

“Secondly, maybe some form of British cross-border competition because it’s absolutely clear that we cannot operate anywhere near the highest level playing in a country of five million people."

Celtic's next on-field action comes against Dundee United this Sunday afternoon, when they play out their Scottish Cup quarter-final against United.

The following Sunday, the Bhoys will then face them again in the Scottish League Cup final. In the space of a week, Ronny Deila's treble dreams could be dashed - or have their foundations laid out.

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