Celtic face Tallinn or Gibraltar trip

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers at the club's training centre at Lennoxtown

Celtic will face a trip to either Estonian side Flora Tallinn or Lincoln of Gibraltar in the Champions League second qualifying round.

The first leg, new manager Brendan Rodgers’ first competitive fixture in charge, will be away on 12/13 July, with the return on 19/20 July.

Celtic have lost in the final play-off round for the past two seasons.

They will only discover their opponents on 5/6 July, once the winners of the first qualifying round tie are known.

Also involved at that stage are Welsh side The New Saints,[1] who will face Tre Penne of San Marino.

Rodgers could have returned to his native Northern Ireland, but Irish Premiership champions Crusaders were drawn against FC Copenhagen.[2]

He is hoping to improve on predecessor Ronny Deila’s record in Europe, Celtic having failed to reach the Champions League group stages for the past two seasons, and entering the Europa League as a result.

Celtic’s possible opponents
Flora Tallin Lincoln Red Imps
Have won the Meistriliga title 10 times, more than any other club in Estonia Have won a record number of Premier Division titles in Gibraltar (21) and won the last 14 in a row since 2002-03
Play at the Lillekula Stadium, which holds 9,692 and is also home stadium for Estonia national team Play at the Victoria Stadium, which holds 5,000 and is the ground used by all top-flight clubs in Gibraltar
The club celebrated its 25th anniversary last year Became the first club from Gibraltar to play in a Uefa competition when they competed in the first qualifying round of the 2014-15 Champions League, losing to HB Torshavn
Ex-Rangers and Finland forward Jonatan Johanssen is a former player, along with Henrik Ojamaa, who had two spells at Motherwell, and Dundee United’s Henri Anier Won their first European tie last season, defeating FC Santa Coloma of Andorra 2-1 on aggregate

References

  1. ^ The New Saints, (www.bbc.co.uk)
  2. ^ Crusaders were drawn against FC Copenhagen. (www.bbc.co.uk)

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