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Bosnia, Macedonia, Ireland and Finland Revealed as Possible Celtic UCL Qualifier Destinations

Bosnia, Macedonia, Ireland and Finland Revealed as Possible Celtic UCL Qualifier Destinations

Celtic have Bosnia, Macedonia, Ireland and Finland among the possible destinations to kick off their Champions League qualifying campaign.

The Hoops go into the second qualifying round to begin their journey to what they will hope it at least the group stages in the competition.

They managed that last season, beating Lincoln Red Imps, Astana and Hapoel Be’er Sheva to join Manchester City, Barcelona and Borussia Monchengladbach in a group they finished bottom in.

Brendan Rodgers’ men might have dominated Scotland last term, securing an unbeaten treble – but they’ll need to play as many ties this season to get into Europe’s top competition proper.

And they’ll find out the first stop on that road this afternoon when the first and second qualifying rounds are drawn by UEFA.

It’s been revealed this morning that they could go as far as Bosnia or Macedonia after their potential opponents were whittled down into a smaller group:

Dundalk would be a popular choice for Celtic fans considering the short travel for the game, but the League of Ireland champions would represent a challenge given their strong run in the Europa League last season.

FK Vardar won the Macedonian league last season while HŠK Zrinjski picked up the Bosnian title – so both teams would no doubt pose a big test.

IFK Mariehamm are the Finnish champions too, winning the league for the first time in their history last term.

From the first round draw, Celtic could get Linfield, The New Saints and Hibernians.

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