Will potential Champions League opponents affect Celtic's transfer plans?

By John Reid

July 17, 2019

Should Celtic manage to hold on to their 3-1 aggregate win over Sarajevo they will face opponents they did not expect in the second round of Champions League qualification.

Estonian champions Nomme Kalju are the Hoops’ potential opponents in the next round, after they pulled off a shock 2-1 win at Shkendija, to go through on away goals.

Celtic should defeat potential opponents

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Without being disrespectful to Kalju, Celtic really should defeat this side. Perhaps the nature of the opponent could affect Celtic’s upcoming transfer plans?

The deadline for Champions League signings to play in round two is on Thursday the 18th of July. That does not give the Hoops much time to add to the squad.

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Could gamble backfire?

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However, perhaps Neil Lennon will feel that the squad does not need any more additions to beat Kalju. That could be a gamble that backfires.

Celtic should be more than good enough to defeat the Champions of Estonia though. That would put the Hoops into the third qualifying round, which is where things will get tricky for the side.

Any more additions to the squad should be made in time for the third qualifying round. That is when the Hoops will face arguably their toughest matches of the season so far.

For now though, it is a case of one match at a time, beginning with the match against Sarajevo.