Who Celtic could face in tomorrow's UCL 3QR draw

By David Walton

July 18, 2021

Celtic will tomorrow find out their potential UCL third qualifying round fate should they get past Midtjylland over the next two weeks.

The Hoops are in action against the Danish Superliga outfit on Tuesday night at Celtic Park. The return leg will then take place a week on Wednesday at MCH Arena in Denmark.

Nobody is taking that tie for granted. We’ll need to be at our best in both matches, and Ange Postecoglou will be firmly aware of that.

But it still won’t stop him from taking a peek at who his side could draw should we knock Bo Henriksen’s side out of the competition.

The draw will be screened live by UEFA at 11am Celtic Park Time on Monday morning. As was the case for the second qualifying round, Celtic will have the benefit of being seeded.

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This will allow the Hoops to avoid facing some of the tougher sides such as Benfica, Shakhtar Donetsk, or Monaco. However, should we qualify for the playoffs, we’ll drop down to the unseeded group.

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Celtic can instead be drawn against one of four alternative ties tomorrow instead.

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As things stand, we could face either Racing Genk, PSV Eindhoven, Spartak Moscow, Galatasaray, Rapid Vienna, or Sparta Prague.

Only two of the above have already confirmed their place in the third qualifying round. Both Genk and Spartak Moscow are in the hat.

PSV will face Galatasaray in the second qualifying round, whilst Sparta Prague take on Vienna.

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Again, the strength of the “League Section” of the UCL draw is on show here. There isn’t a simple or even routine tie out of the lot of them.

Celtic have experience against all but Galatasaray and Genk. Those would be the only potential ties that would see a first-ever in terms of meeting in a competitive environment.

But as we all know by this stage, you can never count your chickens as a Celtic supporter. Midtjylland must be dealt with first and foremost before we look ahead to the third qualifying round.

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