A look at who Celtic could face in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League

Now that all leagues are finalised, here’s  a look at who Celtic can get in the Champions League qualifiers.

Celtic go in at the 2nd round of qualifying and have to go through 3 stages just to make the groups. Up first, here’s who Celtic could face in the 2nd round. Celtic are seeded.

The draw for the 2nd round is usually regionalised as well. So you could see Celtic coming up against the likes of IFK Norrkoping, Crusaders, Dundalk, TNS, Flora Tallinn, SJK, Liepaja or Zalgiris.

You’d like to think there would be no problems in getting past this stage, a few difficult ties but Celtic should be better than all here. The next qualifying round, 3rd round, looks like this, if all seeded teams progress that is. Celtic are again seeded.

This is where it gets a bit more difficult. There’s a few very difficult teams here that we could face. Celtic faced Qarabag last season and only just did enough to beat them. Although Celtic should still have enough to progress again, the likes of Rosenborg, Red Star Belgrade and Astana are all ones to hopefully avoid.

The last qualifying stage would look like this, again assuming that all seeded teams progress. Baring in mind this is as difficult as it would get at this stage. Of course, seeded teams will be knocked out before this, but it’s a rough idea of who we could get. Again Celtic are seeded.

As you can see, the teams in here are very difficult indeed. If this was the case, you would hope to be facing BATE, Copenhagen or Ludogorets. We all know about Legia Warsaw and Dinamo Zagreb are definitely to be avoided.

Finally, here’s the important dates for when each round is drawn and when the games will be played.

One thing that Celtic have got going for them is the fact that they are seeded.

There are definitely unseeded teams in here that are capable of knocking out the seeded teams, so this won’t be the final teams.

Hopefully Celtic can qualify for the group stage after missing out the orevious two years.

Thanks to the wonderful Bert Kassies website and to @Moravcik67_ on Twitter.


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