Celtic will be in pot three for the Champions League group stage draw, should they make it through qualifying this summer.

Neil Lennon’s men overcome their first hurdle on Tuesday evening, brushing aside Icelandic minnows KR Reykjavik 6-0 at Celtic Park.

Celtic were dominant against Reykjavik

Celtic were dominant against Reykjavik / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Next up are the tougher looking Hungarian champions Ferencvaros, who also visit Glasgow next week, after they saw off Djurgarden of Sweden.

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If they win that one-off clash, the Hoops will then face two more rounds of qualification, with the final of those played over the traditional two leg format.

It’s a gruelling schedule for Lennon’s side, and one that is only going to get tougher in the coming weeks.

However, the Hoops squad have been given a real incentive that, if they make it to the promised land, they will be in the third pot of seedings rather than the fourth.

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Celtic boss Neil Lennon on Tuesday

Celtic boss Neil Lennon on Tuesday / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lyon defeat confirmed potential Celtic status

Ironically, this news was confirmed as two former Celtic players bowed out of last season’s competition – that still rages on in Lisbon.

As Moussa Dembele and Jason Denayer’s Lyon lost 3-0 to Bayern at the Estadio Jose Alvalade – many Hoops supporters may have been a little disappointed.

 

However, Lyon were the only team that could prevent us being third seeds in the 2020/2021 group stage – as the Scottish Sun reported just last week.

This was due to the fact that Rudi Garcia’s outfit had failed to qualify for Europe through Ligue 1 last season –  but still held out slim hope of qualifying by winning the 2019/2020 Champions League.

Celtic faced Lyon just last month

Celtic faced Lyon just last month (Photo by JEFF PACHOUD/AFP via Getty Images)

Their failure to do so ended their hopes, and ended the possibility of us being beaten to a pot three place by any other team.

Of course, getting to the group stages itself will be a big challenge for Neil Lennon’s men. We’ve failed during the last two campaigns, but showed all of our capabilities in the Europa League just last year.

The perfect roadmap is signposted for Celtic in Europe this season. Qualify for the Champions League, enjoy the glitz and glamour, drop into the Europa League as third seeds and then embark on the long road to Gdansk.

It’s just a shame that the final isn’t in Seville, as was originally planned.

In other news, Celtic are actively and currently monitoring the progress of Motherwell midfielder David Turnbull.

 

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