Alan Thompson believes Celtic deserve to be reinstated to the Europa League at the expense of Sion.
Celtic coach adamant the Bhoys should be reinstated to Europe
Celtic coach Alan Thompson believes the Parkhead club deserve to be reinstated to the Europa League at the expense of their conquerors FC Sion.
After losing 3-1 in Switzerland on Thursday night to go out of the play-offs on the same aggregate score, Celtic were the next day given hope of a reprieve by Uefa president Michel Platini.
The Frenchman said the Swiss side had "not respected the rules of the transfer ban" by signing five players who are, in the eyes of Fifa, ineligible to play due to a transfer embargo.
One of them, Pascal Feindouno, scored twice against the Hoops and Thompson addressed the issue after the 2-0 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win at St Mirren.
He refuted a suggestion that it would be a hollow victory if they were to take Sion's place in their group along with Udinese, Atletico Madrid and Rennes, with a decision due on Tuesday.
"No because if Feindouno doesn't play on Thursday night he doesn't score his two goals and we go through 1-1," said the former Celtic midfielder.
"I don't know what will happen but for Platini to come out and make his views known, that tells you that there are views in the higher ranks of Uefa, so we will see what happens.
"Everyone is entitled to their views, whether they are Celtic fans or not. If we get reinstated we will delighted, we can go and enjoy six games in Europe and see what happens."