The draw for the 2017/18 Champions League Qualifying Rounds 1 and 2 takes place on Monday 19th June with many Celtic fans interested to see who they will face in round 2 of qualifying.
Celtic are the highest seed in round 2 with a club coefficient of 42.785, above other known European sides such as Copenhagen, Ludogorets and Legia Warsaw.
As a result of seeding, Celtic will avoid the more well-known European sides in this early draw, which include Maribor, APOEL and last year’s playoff opponents Hapoel Be’er Sheva.
Currently there are 12 possible opponents confirmed for the Hoops, with the 5 winners from round 1 one to join. The teams are as follows:
- Zilina (Slovakia)
- Zalgiris Vilnius (Lithuania)
- Dundalk (Ireland)
- Vardar (Macedonia)
- F91 Dunelange (Luxembourg)
- Kukesi (Albania)
- Zrinjski Mostar (Bosnia & Herzegovina)
- Budocnost Podgorica (Montenegro)
- Honved (Hungary)
- IFK Mariehamn (Finland)
- Spartaks Jurmala (Latvia)
- Samtredia (Georgia)
Looking at the possibilities, most Celtic fans would enjoy a trip to play Dundalk, due to the Irish connection the club has and more importantly the short distance for travel. However, Dundalk will not be taken lightly as they had an impressive run in last year’s Europa League, reaching the group stages defeating Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC 1-0 and drawing 1-1 in Holland with Dutch giants AZ Alkmaar.
The ties will be played on 11/12 and 18/19 July and by the second league Celtic will also know who they will face if they progress, as on 14th July the draw for the 3rd Qualifying round will be made.