Confirmed: Celtic will play Ferencvaros in Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round
Celtic will play Hungarian champions Ferencvaros in the 2nd Qualifying Round of the Champions League after they beat Swedish side Djurgarden tonight.
They won 2-0 at home thanks to a double from winger Tokmac Nguen and are set to provide much stiffer competition for the Scottish champions next week, compared to last night’s opponents KR Reykjavik.
The Hungarians won the league by 13 points last season, their 31st top-flight title since the club’s inception.
Throughout 2019/20 they made a few waves in Europe too, progressing in Champions League qualifying against Europa League knockout round side Ludogrets, before being beaten by Dinamo Zagreb.
They would then compete in the Europa League group stage where they finished with seven points after a win away to CSKA Moscow and four draws from the other five matches.
Make no mistake, they are not going to be pushovers in next week’s one-legged knockout tie.
That’s also not to say Celtic won’t be favourites for the occasion.
We are the seeds in this process after all and with home advantage should hopefully have too much quality in our ranks for the visitors.
Still, full concentration and commitment will be required from Neil Lennon’s Bhoys to get a result.
Celtic have played Hungarian opponents 12 times in European competition, winning seven, drawing one and losing four.
The last side we faced from the nation was MTK Budapest back in 2003/04 qualifying. Martin O’Neill’s side won 5-0 on aggregate on the way to the group stages of the Champions League.
The upcoming match against Ferencvaros is due to take place on 25th or 26th August, with Celtic to confirm details over the coming days.