Celtic could face a familiar foe in potential Champions League play-off

By John Reid

August 1, 2019

No one at Celtic will even be thinking about a potential Champions League play-off yet. The Hoops have a difficult tie against Cluj to negotiate in the third round first.

However, with the draw for the play-off round being made on Monday, the fans at least will be intrigued by who the Hoops could face in a potential play-off.

The Daily Record has revealed the teams the Hoops could face, which are: Young Boys, APOEL/Qarabag, Slavia Prague or Maribor/Rosenborg.

One team will jump out to fans

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There is one team whose name will jump out automatically to Celtic fans. That team is Rosenborg. Should the Hoops and Norwegian champions meet in the play-off round, it would be the fifth and sixth match between the sides in the last year.

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The teams met in the second round of the qualifiers last season, and in the Europa League group stages.

Hoops unbeaten against potential opponents

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The good news for the Hoops is that they won three of the four games, with the other being a draw.

Qarabag are also familiar foes to the Hoops. Celtic defeated the Azerbaijani side 1-0 on aggregate in 2015 in the third qualifying round.

When it comes to the actual games, Slavia Prague and Young Boys could provide the sternest tests. Neil Lennon will only be thinking about the Cluj tie first. They are arguably as good as any of the teams Celtic could play in the play-off round.

It would be quite remarkable should the Hoops draw Rosenborg again, however.