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Celts start Champions League quest in Armenia

Brendan Rodgers

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers will take his side to Armenia for the first qualifying round in the Champions League (pic: SNS Group).


 

Celtic’s bid to make it into the money-spinning group stages of the Champions League for the third season running will kick-off in Armenia.

The Scottish champions have been paired with Alashkert in the first qualifying round, with the first leg taking place in the former Soviet republic on 10-11 July. Brendan Rodgers’ side will then welcome their opponents to Parkhead seven days later.

It is the start of an arduous campaign for the Glasgow giants as they target the lucrative group stages, with the Hoops having to negotiate four two-legged ties to reach that phase.

The second qualifying round is staged on 24-25 July with the return legs played on 31 July-1 August.

Should Celtic reach that stage, they will face either Valur Reykjavik of Iceland or Norwegian outfit Rosenborg.

Alashkert are no strangers to Scottish football and can count St Johnstone among their scalps having dumped the Perth Saints out of Europa League qualifying three years ago.

Scotland’s other European hopefuls, Rangers, Aberdeen and Hibs will find out their opponents in tomorrow’s Europea League draw in Nyon, Switzerland.



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