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Celtic discover their fate in Champions League draw

Rodgers guided Celtic to a perfect Treble in his first season at the club
Rodgers guided Celtic to a perfect Treble in his first season at the club

Scottish champions Celtic could be in line to play Northern Ireland champions Linfield in an enticing Champions League play-off draw.

Celtic will enter the competition in the second qualifying round and they have been drawn to play against the winners of the first qualifying round clash between Linfield and San Marino side La Fiorita.

Brendan Rodgers' side, who reached the group stages last season, will begin their competitive season when the tie takes place over two legs on July 11 or 12 and 18 or 19.

Their opponents will become clear in the first week of July after Linfield and La Florita have played each other in the first qualifying round.

With Celtic drawn away for the first leg, the possibility of them playing in Belfast on July 12, a key date in the marching calendar, is potentially problematic for security services given past sectarian tensions.

It remains to be seen how any issues could be resolved, but there have already been some suggestions that switching the game to the Aviva Stadium in Dublin could be an option.

Elsewhere the draw, made at the headquarters of European governing body UEFA in Nyon, Dundalk were handed a tie against Rosenborg of Norway.

Like Linfield, Welsh side The New Saints must also enter at the first qualifying round stage. They will play Europa of Gibraltar and will then face HNK Rijeka of Croatia if they get through.