The Hoops take on Norwegian champions Rosenborg in the second round of qualifiers, with the first-leg at Celtic Park on Wednesday, and they’ll be forced to take on the Greek champions next if they manage to overcome their Scandinavian opponents.
Celtic will need to overcome four two-legged ties if they’re to reach the Champions League group stages for the third consecutive season, but it certainly won’t be easy, with another undoubtedly tough opponent lurking in the final playoff round, should Brendan Rodgers’ men make it that far.
As you can probably imagine, the news that Celtic will be taking on the Greek champions if they manage to see off Rosenborg hasn’t exactly gone down too well with the club’s supporters – many of whom were looking for a much easier draw:
AEK Athens…Jaysus the Gods don’t want us in this tournament eh.
— Daragh Mulligan (@dazmanOnline) July 23, 2018
AEK Athens is a tough draw but could be a blessing in disguise as we'll surely have to invest and sort the defence out now
— Sean Thorburn (@Sean_Thorburn) July 23, 2018
Just seen AEK Athens is our next opponent if we beat Rosenborg into the next round.
If we do, it’s gonna be tough and it won’t be an easy game.
It’s the team I wanted to avoid but yeah could have been worse. Could have Zagreb or Be’er Sheva and that would been even difficult.
— Sean 🍀 (@seanypatrick99) July 23, 2018
How the fuck are AEK Athens coming into the qualifiers 2 ROUNDS after us!?
— Paul McQueen (@queenmachine67) July 23, 2018
Just seen the draw there for the next round AEK Athens dodgy man
— Ryan Double Treble King (@RyanKingCfc) July 23, 2018
AEK Athens is a tough draw but it's only tough if we get passed Rosenborg first! Mon the hoops 🍀
— James Bundy (@jamesbundy) July 23, 2018
Was a group in the champions league once soon a time . UEFA can stick their designed for 6 teams in Europe tae get richer league up their ronson lighter
— celtic matchworn .🏆🏆🏆 (@celticmatchworn) July 23, 2018
AEK Athens 😏 how unlucky is that. Still need to put Rosenborg out right enough but if we do them that defence definitely needs reinforcements for the next round!
— Alan Rafferty 🍀 (@AlanRaff81) July 23, 2018
Aek Athens probably the hardest draw, let’s just beat Rosenborg then worry about pumping them
— Stephen (@ritchie1888) July 23, 2018
AEK Athens if we beat Rosenberg. Not easy at all 🙄🍀
— Stengo7 (@stengo7) July 23, 2018
AEK Athens will be a tough, tough game if we get past Rosenborg.
— Shawn Ayres (@_Shayres) July 23, 2018
What do you think of the draw? Would Celtic beat AEK Athens?