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Alashkert awaits for Celts...

Discussion in 'TalkCeltic News' started by JML67, Jun 19, 2018.

By JML67 on Jun 19, 2018 at 12:18 PM
  1. JML67 Gold Member Gold Member

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    The draw for first qualifying rounds of the 2018/19 Champions League took place today at UEFA headquarters in Nyon. Celtic were drawn against Alashkert of Armenia, and are due to play the away leg in Yerevan on 10/11 July, with the home tie in Glasgow due for 17/18 July.

    Celtic fans may remember the name of Alashkert, as they famously dumped out St Johnstone of Europa League qualification in 2015/16, their first time reaching the first round qualification stage. However, Alashkert have never got past the second qualifying phase, and Celtic will look to impose their experience of the last 2 successful campaigns to overcome the Armenian champions.

    The Alashkert stadium in Yerevan will host Celtic's first leg tie. It has a max capacity of 6,850.

    The remaining fixtures for the stage are;

    Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO) v Sheriff (MDA)
    Shkëndija (MKD) v The New Saints (WAL)
    Sūduva (LTU) v APOEL (CYP)
    Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) v Qarabağ (AZE)
    F91 Dudelange (LUX) v Videoton (HUN)

    Winners of the preliminary round v Malmö (SWE)
    HJK Helsinki (FIN) v Víkingur (FRO)
    Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL) v Crusaders (NIR)
    Cork City (IRL) v Legia Warszawa (POL)
    Valur Reykjavík (ISL) v Rosenborg (NOR)

    Kukës (ALB) v Valletta (MLT)
    Flora Tallinn (EST) v Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR)
    Spartaks Jūrmala (LVA) v Crvena zvezda (SRB)
    Alashkert (ARM) v Celtic (SCO)
    Spartak Trnava (SVK) v Zrinjski (BIH)
    Astana (KAZ) v Sutjeska (MNE)

    With the second qualifying-round ties on 24-25 July and 31 July-1 August, should the hoops go through, Brendan Rodgers' side won't have long to wait until their next hurdle on the way to Europe's elite competition.