Celtic Champions League draw pot confirmed after Danish Superliga finale; potential Sviatchenko reunion

By John McGinley

May 24, 2021

The UEFA Champions League second qualifying round draw (League Path) has taken shape and that is of course big news for Celtic.

Celtic enter at this stage of the competition with other league runner-ups around Europe and we now know the teams we could face.

FC Midtjylland battled it out on the last day of the Danish Superliga this evening but couldn’t pip Brondby to the title, so become the last team to join us in the draw.

The full list of teams is:

Seeded

  • Celtic
  • PSV Eindhoven
  • Sparta Prague

Unseeded

  • FC Midtjylland
  • Rapid Vienna
  • Galatasaray

Potential Celtic Champions League draw

Now, because Celtic are seeded, the only teams we can face are Midtjylland, Rapid and Galatasaray.

The draw takes place from Nyon, Switzerland on June 16th.

But I’m about to throw in a further complication.

If Manchester United win the Europa League Final on Wednesday night against Villarreal, then PSV and Galatasaray will automatically be bumped into the third qualifying round, meaning we could only play either Midtjylland or Rapid.

The reason they progress automatically is that Eredivisie and the Turkish top-flight are the highest-ranked leagues in UEFA’s co-efficient table, and United would have effectively qualified for the Champions League twice – as Europa League winners and with their English Premier League position.

It also gives the French team from the third qualifying round a place in the group stages.

That third qualifying round is also taking shape for Celtic and although we’re confirmed to be seeded for that one too, tough opponents such as Genk and Spartak Moscow are lying in wait should we progress.

It all means we could see Erik Sviatchenko back at Celtic Park as well. He stars as a defender and captain for Midtjylland, scored today to help confirm their European spot and would no doubt relish the opportunity to face his old club.

In other news, former Celtic man John Hughes leaves post as Ross County manager.