Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

British sides set to learn European opponents

British sides set to learn European opponents

They should face no real difficulty at their first hurdle, which is drawn today, but could face Malmö, FK Astana, Hapoel Beer-She'va in the third round and Steaua Bucharest, Nice or...

Treble-winning Celtic are seeded in the second qualifying stage of the Champions League and could face teams from Ireland or Wales, or a nightmare road trip to Georgia or Armenia to face Samtredia or Alashkert.

The Europa League's first and second qualifying rounds will also be drawn on Monday and 11 British sides will be pulled out of the pot.

Meanwhile, the other three aforementioned Irish clubs will take part in the 2017-18 Europa League campaign.

One of two Israeli sides in the competition, Maccabi Tel Aviv have the highest coefficient points of any side in this round (and would be second only to Galatasaray in the second).

Stephen Kenny's side were placed in a loose grouping of northern European teams that also included FH Hafnarfjordur, whom Dundalk beat at the same stage past year, and Maribor of Slovenia.

Therefore, Celtic, BATE Borisov (who they beat last season), Rosenborg, Hapoel Beer Sheva and Legia Warsaw (who they lost out to last year) are among the opponents the Lilywhites could face.

The first leg is scheduled to take place on 29 June with the return on 6 July.

The draws get underway at 12pm.

Even though it is barely a month since Manchester United lifted the Europa League trophy in Solna, the new European season is just around the corner.

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