As the dust begins to settle on Thursday night’s historic victory UEFA have confirmed that Shamrock Rovers will begin their European dream at home with the visit of Russians Rubin Kazan on September 15th while Spurs will have to wait until December 15th to make the trip.
It is thought that the arrival of the London side will facilitate the need for a bigger venue than Tallaght Stadium with the prospect of the Aviva Stadium being considered though the €200,000 cost of renting the stadium is likely to preclude its use for the other fixtures.
Rovers await confirmation on Tuesday that Tallaght Stadium is of the required standard to host Europa League games though it is likely that there will need to be extra seating put in place in the 6,000 seater ground to meet demand.
Having spent so long without a home following the sale of Glenmalure Park chairman Jonathan Roche is keen to start the campaign in west Dublin.
“We are trying to keep the games in Tallaght,” he said. “The area deserves it and the fans deserve it. The capacity issue is the big one, so we are going to do our best.”
The full list of dates for the fixtures is as follows
15th Sept: Rubin Kazan (Home)
29th Sept: Tottenham Hotspur (Away)
20th Oct: PAOK (Away)
3rd Nov: PAOK (Home)
30th Nov: Rubin Kazan (Away)
15th Dec: Tottenham Hotspur (Home)