Celtic have found out who they will be playing in the first round of the Champions League qualifiers. Scotland’s champions have been drawn to face FK Sarajevo, the champions of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Celtic will be at home in the first leg of the tie.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 18, 2019
First leg at home
The first leg of the tie will be played on the 9th or 10th of July, with the second leg taking place a week later.
The draw for the second round takes place on Wednesday the 19th of June, with the Hoops finding out who they can play in the next round of the qualification process should they get there.
Held Italian side to draw last season
Sarajevo are probably the most difficult tie the Hoops could have faced. They held Italian side Atalanta to a 2-2 draw in the Europa League qualifiers last season…but they did lose 8-0 to the Italian side in the second leg.
Celtic will be hoping to make a better attempt at qualifying than they did last season. The Hoops went out at the third round stage, losing to AEK Athens.
Celtic will potentially have four rounds to play to reach the group stages. That will be a very tough task for manager Neil Lennon.
However, the current squad managed to navigate the qualifiers in two of the last three season. If the Hoops can make a few additions to their squad, they will be confident of making progress once again.