Ludogorets going out would be good news for Celtic

By Hamish Carton

July 17, 2019

Celtic fans may have a watchful eye on developments in the Ludogorets-Ferencvaros tie as Champions League qualification resumes on Wednesday night.

Of course, the focus of the players and management will be on the 90 minutes in Glasgow against Sarajevo. However, the goings-on in Bulgaria could make for interesting reading further down the line.

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The Bulgarian champions Ludogorets are 2-1 down from their first leg against the Hungarians Ferencvaros. Their away goal netted by forward Jakub Swierczok means that a 1-0 victory will see them through in Razgrad – but they know they must win.


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Celtic and Ludogorets have a lot of similiarities

Ludogorets, who like Celtic have won eight domestic titles in-a-row, are potential third round opponents for Neil Lennon’s side. They would be the highest calibre of opposition we could face at that stage according to UEFA coefficients.

The Eagles are not the kind of side Celtic want to be facing in Champions League qualification. They’ve qualified for European group stage football in each of the past five seasons. Just like Celtic, they’ve made the Champions League twice and the Europa League three times.

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If Ferencvaros could do the business a take a major scalp in Bulgaria then it would be very welcome news for Celtic. Yes, we should be able to beat the majority of the teams in the ‘Champions route’ but you really want to be avoiding dangerous opposition like Ludogorets.