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Sunday 17 December 2017

Celtic option adds spice to Dundalk's mission

Stephen Kenny’s side go to Trondheim with the tie poised at 1-1 and yesterday’s draw pitted the winners of that tie with Linfield or Celtic. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Stephen Kenny’s side go to Trondheim with the tie poised at 1-1 and yesterday’s draw pitted the winners of that tie with Linfield or Celtic. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

Dundalk are likely to play Celtic in the third round of the Champions League qualifiers if they can shock Rosenborg in Norway next Wednesday and moving the home leg to the Aviva Stadium will be considered if it happens.

Stephen Kenny's side go to Trondheim with the tie poised at 1-1 and yesterday's draw pitted the winners of that tie with Linfield or Celtic. The Hoops are in control after the first leg.

The Irish side would be away first and the complication with the return match on August 1/August 2 is that the Aviva is in use for an FAI-hosted friendly between Manchester United and Sampdoria on the latter date. As a consequence, the home game would have to be staged in Dublin on Tuesday, August 1 and the FAI have said the Aviva will be available.

Dundalk will have to nominate their preferred home venue next Tuesday and the two options being considered are the Aviva or Tallaght Stadium with the RDS unavailable and Oriel Park unsuitable.

If Cork recover from a first leg Europa League defeat to Larnaca, they will play Rabotnicki or Dinamo Minsk while a Shamrock Rovers comeback against Mlada Boleslav would mean a date with Almaty or Skenderbeu.

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