Celtic’s have an even better idea of who they will face in the Europa League fourth qualifying round after UEFA split up today’s draw into three sections.
Neil Lennon’s men still have to overcome Latvian champions Riga FC in the next round, but the eyes of the fans will be on our potential final hurdle.
Now, however, that list has shrunk to seven – with some tough clashes still possible.
UEFA updated the list on Thursday morning, with Celtic’s potential opponents listed below:
SEEDED: Dynamo Brest (Belarus), Crvena Zvedza (Serbia)
UNSEEDED: Ludogorets (Bulgaria), Sarajevo (Bosnia)/Buducnost Podgorica (Montenegro), Ararat-Armenia (Armenia)/Celje (Slovenia)
Some tough ones in there
So the likes of Cluj, Legia Warsaw and Young Boys are no longer potential opponents for us.
However, there are still some tasty ties in there. Drawing Ludogorets or Crvena Zvedza (Red Star Belgrade) away would be about as bad as things could get for us.
Dynamo Brest would be a better option from the seeds – as they currently sit 9th in the Belarusian top flight.
We met FK Sarajevo last year but know little about the other teams involved.
Avoid Crvena Zvedza and Ludogorets at all costs, and give us a home tie. It’s all we ask for.