Monday 19 March 2018

Bhoys could face Sligo in Champions League

Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Picture: Kenny Ramsay/PA Wire
Celtic manager Neil Lennon. Picture: Kenny Ramsay/PA Wire

Jamie Holland

Celtic could be paired with Irish or Welsh opponents when their first Champions League qualifying opponents are decided today.

Neil Lennon's Bhoys are seeded in the second qualifying round draw, with Sligo Rovers, Cliftonville and Welsh champions The New Saints among the teams they could face.

Celtic, whose first game will be on July 16-17, will have to knock out a total of three teams in order to reach the group stages for a second successive season. The first and second qualifying rounds for the Europa League will also be drawn today, with St Patrick's Athletic and Linfield among the seeded teams for the first round. Drogheda United and Glentoran are among the unseeded sides.

St Pat's will be seeded for the second-round draw along with Pat Fenlon's Hibs. Derry City are unseeded. UEFA will split the 80 potential second-round teams into eight groups of 10 in the morning to narrow down the potential opponents.

Irish Independent

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