Celtic face Midtjylland in qualifiers – Asia Despatch

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Midtjylland's Erik Sviatchenko (left) in action against Liverpool
Erik Sviatchenko’s Midtjylland lost 2-0 way to Liverpool before a 1-1 home draw last season

Celtic will face Danish Superliga runners-up Midtjylland in the Champions League second qualifying round.

Ange Postecoglou’s first test will come at home, with the first leg on 20/21 July and the return the following week.

In the Conference League, Aberdeen will face BK Hacken of Sweden and Hibernian will play Mons Calpe of Gibraltar or Andorra’s FC Santa Coloma.

Both will be at home in the second qualifying round on July 22, with the return leg a week later.

What about the other British sides?

Elsewhere in the Champions League, Northern Ireland’s Linfield could face Ferencvaros of Hungary if they get past Zalgiris Vilnius of Lithuania in the first qualifying round.

And Welsh counterparts Connah’s Quay Nomads will face Teuta of Albania or Sheriff Tiraspol of Moldova should they defeat Alashkert of Armenia.

Republic of Ireland’s Shamrock Rovers already face a tough tie against Slovakia’s Slovan Bratislava and face an even harder one against Swiss side Young Boys should they progress.

Celtic went into Wednesday’s draw as one of the seeded sides in a section of clubs who finished runners-up in their respective leagues and drew the Danes instead of Turkey’s Galatasaray and Austria’s Rapid Vienna.

What do we know about Midtjylland?

Midtjylland navigated their way past Ludogorets Razgrad, Young Boys and Slavia Prague – who knocked Rangers out of the Europa League – to reach last season’s group stage for the first time.

However, they lost to the Ibrox club in the Europa League third qualifying round in the previous campaign.

They finished two points behind Brondby in the Danish top flight last term and are captained by former Celtic defender Erik Sviatchenko.

Celtic went into Wednesday’s draw as one of the seeded sides in a section of clubs who finished runners-up in their respective leagues and drew the Danes instead of Turkey’s Galatasaray and Austria’s Rapid Vienna.

Should Celtic progress, they would still have two rounds before reaching the group stage.

Defeat would mean a place in the Europa League third qualifying round against either Anorthosis Famagusta of Cyprus or the Czech Republic’s Jablonec.

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