Celtic’s route to the Europa League group stage will become clearer tomorrow as the draw for the fourth qualifying round is made.
The Hoops may not have won their third round tie yet, nor even know their opponents, but tomorrow we can look much further into the future.
We will find out the last team standing in our way – and it could be a tough looking draw.
As is often the case with UEFA, the process is pretty convoluted.
Luckily for you, we’ve taken a look at the procedure and the confirmed list of potential opponents – following Thursday night’s games.
Are Celtic seeded?
No, our departure from the Champions League at the second qualifying round means we won’t be seeded for the fourth round of Europa League qualifying.
Only the five losers of CL third round qualifying will be. More on them in a minute.
We can draw any of those five seeded teams – but also any of the other unseeded sides.
Basically, anyone on the following list is a potential opponent for us.
Potential opponents (seeded sides in italics)
Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia)
Young Boys (Switzerland)
Red Star Belgrade (Serbia)
Dinamo Brest (Belarus)
Sarajevo (Bosnia)/Buducnost (Montenegro)
Legia Warsaw (Poland)/Drita (Kosovo)
Sheriff (Moldova)/Dundalk (Republic of Ireland)
Djurgardens (Sweden)/Cluj (Romania)
KuPS (Finland)/Suduva (Lithuania)
KI (Faroe Islands)/Dinamo Tbilisi (Georgia)
Ararat (Armenia)/Celje (Slovenia)
Floriana (Malta)/Flora (Estonia)
Some tough draws out there
Getting either Young Boys or Red Star Belgrade away from home is about as bad as it can get.
But a home draw to Tirana or KuPS would be a pretty good route to the group stage.
Keep an eye out for Cluj and Legia Warsaw – two teams we have recent European history with.
It’s worth baring in mind that every team in tomorrow’s draw is there for a reason. Like us, they have been knocked out of the Champions League and have found their new level.
We’ll know a lot more tomorrow afternoon.
When is the draw? How to watch?
As per UEFA’s website, the draw will take place in Nyon tomorrow at 1pm.
It will be streamed live on UEFA’s website.