Dates confirmed: Timeline of Celtic bid to reach Champions League group stage this summer

By Sean Clifford

April 12, 2021

Celtic will begin their Champions League group stage qualification bid on the 20th or 21st July.

Mathematically, Celtic confirmed second place in the Scottish Premiership following a 6-0 drubbing of Livingston on Saturday, securing Champions League football on[BBC Sport].

Facing a daunting task to make the group stages of the competition, the Hoops will be glad to now have a definitive timeframe to work towards.

The first leg of the second qualifying round will take place on one of the aforementioned dates, with the second leg kicking off a week later.

The draw for this stage of the competition takes place on June 16th. The list of potential opponents is too volatile right now to know who we’ll likely face.

This starting date is significant; Celtic need to bring reinforcements in before late July

Undoubtedly, the Celts absolutely have to start preparing their transfer strategy for next season. Facing a raft of upcoming senior exits, there is no surprise new chief executive Dominic McKay is due to start club duties next Monday [Sky Sports].

Celtic are scheduled to compete in their most important games of next season in just three months’ time. On first viewing, three months does not seem like quick turnaround territory. However, this is tangled in within the difficulties of negotiating with potential signings during a major tournament.

Celtic haven’t yet appointed a permanent manager who will be crucial to player identification, the club must act swiftly in order to avoid moving into next season underprepared.

Will Celtic reach the Champions League group stages? / (Photo by Eurasia Sport Images/Getty Images)

Other Celtic Champions League dates confirmed

If Celtic are to progress through the competition rounds, the Third Qualifying round will commence on the 3rd or 4th August with second legs on the 10th.

Should the Bhoys be impressive enough to progress, the Champions League play-off round will commence on the 17th or 18th August, finishing on the 24th or 25th.

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