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Bohs boss Long keeping calm despite European uncertainty


Bohemians manager Keith Long. Photo: Sportsfile

Bohemians manager Keith Long. Photo: Sportsfile

Bohemians manager Keith Long. Photo: Sportsfile

Keith Long hopes that today's draw for the Europa League is kind to his Bohemians as they prepare to end an eight-year exile from European competition.

While Dundalk yesterday found out their opponents in the first round of the Champions League, Slovenian side NK Celje, the three entrants in the Europa League (Bohs, Derry City and Shamrock Rovers) will discover their fates today at UEFA HQ.

The only certainty for Bohs is that it will be a one-legged tie and if the Gypsies are drawn at home, and there is no Covid-related restriction on the opponents travelling, they will play the tie at the Aviva Stadium. Outside of that it can get tricky, if Bohs are away to a club from a country not on the Irish government's green list for travel and need to play at a neutral venue.

"Some of the implications have been outlined to me: red list, green list, neutral countries, all that kind of stuff. We'll have to wait and see," says Long.

"There is no point fretting too much about it until we see what the draw is like. It's typical for us as a club, we're back in Europe after eight years and this type of stuff is going on.

"It would be nice to get a home draw against a green-listed country and that would keep it simple for us. We'll worry about that when the draw becomes clear," he added.

"We've never played a one-legged tie in Europe. If we get a favourable home draw, you would imagine that you'd back yourself and think you've got a chance, but I don't think there are any teams that are going to be walkovers in European competitions. That certainly won't be the case."

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