Celtic have today been drawn against Ferencvaros or Djurgarden in the second Champions League qualifying round, should the Hoops beat KR Reykjavik.
Neil Lennon’s Hoops side will come up against either the Hungarians or the Swedes on August 25/26 in a one-legged shootout, should they overcome Reykjavic in the first qualifier. Should the contest be a draw, penalty kicks will be required.
Ferencvaros/Djurgarden, Floriana/Cluj, and Klaksvíkar Ítróttarfelag/Slovan Bratislava were all potential opponents in the draw for the Parkhead side this morning.
Celtic will first face Reykjavik at home on either August 18/19 in the first qualifying round. The Hoops, if they win, will then face either Ferencvaros or Djurgarden at home, meaning Lennon’s side will have a positive home advantage in both ties.
The club has also never played either of our potential second qualifying round opponents in our history. They have, however, recorded seven wins in 12 against Hungarian opposition, and have won six out of eight games against Swedish sides.
The winners of the second qualifying round will then progress again to the third qualifying round of this season’s Champions League. All losers, however, would drop down into the Europa League third qualifying round.
Celtic would go into both qualifiers as the clear favourites given the pedigree of the club combined with last season’s exploits in the Europa League. However, after last year’s unceremonious Champions League exit to Cluj, the Hoops will remain wary.
Here’s a look at what some of the fans are saying after this morning’s draw:
The home ties (fingers crossed) are great results in both these draws. We really have no excuses. https://t.co/keC0vcJ1pH
— The Grand Auld Podcast (@FritzAGrandAuld) August 10, 2020
Two favourable draws IMO. Time to strengthen the squad and bring in some quality. I’m beginning to think that keeping Edouard hinges on us reaching CL group stage … https://t.co/mswHK1eywu
— David O'Molloy (@Celtic_GLA) August 10, 2020
Nae excuses. Two winnable games here – both at home which is a massive bonus. https://t.co/EbM3nNctoG
— Kieran Caw (@Kieran_Celtic) August 10, 2020
Well doesn’t look the easiest tie ( especially with yesterday’s efforts so fresh in the memory) but not the worst and obviously we still have the first round to play as well.
At home again through , even without the fans is still a huge help https://t.co/cTo5sJ4dgF
— Derek (@TheBhoyMoz) August 10, 2020
Best possible draw, buzzing with that https://t.co/UnWMvdvCGR
— Aidan (@AidoM67) August 10, 2020
Another good draw for Celtic and even better we've avoided Cluj. https://t.co/7XyPTMBO3J
— Henrik's Tongue (@henriktongue) August 10, 2020
We’re not going anywhere without a center back who can head a ball
— BlairRitchie67 (@toastedrice2) August 10, 2020
“IF” Dont forget that word Celtic!
Get the check book out and get some players in!!!!
— K! (@kevak1969) August 10, 2020