Celtic kicked out of Champions League before Ghana's Wakaso arrives for loan spell
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Ghana winger Wakaso Mubarak will not get to play in the Uefa Champions League when he signs on loan for the Scottish giants as they were dumped out of the competition by Slovenian side NK Maribor on Tuesday.
However, the 24-year-old, who is set to join from Russian Premier League side Rubin Kazan will be in the Celtic squad for the Europa League – Europe’s second-tier club competition.
The home side were heavy favourites to progress, having come back from Slovenia with a 1-1 draw last week but the Slovenian struck the only goal of the game through captain Marcos Tavares forced a shot past Craig Gordon on 75 minutes to end hopes of a third successive year in the group stage.
The defeat is a huge blow to Celtic, who will miss out on the £14m they earned in the competition last season as well as the glamour and excitement that accompanies Champions League nights.
The season-long deal to bring the Ghana international, 24, to Glasgow has been held up for over a week by visa and work-permit delays.