By Dominic Toner
Celtic have been drawn against Israeli outfit Hapoel Be’er Sheva in the Champions League play-offs.
Moussa Dembele clinched Celtic a place in the qualifying pot after he scored a late winner against Astana on Wednesday night, to secure a 3-2 aggregate victory.
Celtic drew the first-leg against Astana 1-1 with a goal from Leigh Griffiths and it looked to be heading for another 1-1 draw with extra-time and penalties coming up before Dembele’s goal.
The Scottish champions’ opponents are the Israeli Premier League champions who forced their way past Olympiacos in the last round after a 1-0 aggregate victory.
Be’er Sheva have never reached the group stages of Europe’s elite competition and Celtic have a great opportunity to do so for the first time since the 2013-14 season.
The Hoops exited the competition at this stage last season but will be keen to go one step further, after losing 4-3 over the two-legged tie to Swedish side Malmo.
The Scottish giants avoided Dundalk, Dinamo Zagreb, FC Copenhagen and Ludogorets in the draw, who were their other possible opponents.
Celtic must now defeat Be’er Sheva over two legs to earn a place in the Champions League group stages, or face dropping down to the Europa League if they lose.
Elsewhere Manchester City were handed a draw against Steaua Bucharest in their Champions League qualifier.
Full Champions League draw:
Villarreal v Monaco
Young Boys v Borussia Monchengladbach
Ajax v Rostov
Porto v Roma
Steaua Bucharest v Manchester City
Dinamo Zagreb v Red Bull Salzburg
Dundalk v Legia Warsaw
FC Copenhagen v Apoel FC
Celtic v Hapoel Be’er Sheva
Ludogorets v Viktoria Plzen
In other Celtic team news, Brendan Rodgers has revealed the two key messages he gave to his players to help them beat Astana.