By Dominic Toner
Celtic supporters were pleased on Twitter with the outcome of their Champions League play-off draw.
The Scottish champions were drawn against Israeli outfit Hapoel Be’er Sheva on Friday morning and will need to defeat them over two legs to reach the Champions League group stages.
Celtic fans have expressed on Twitter their belief in the team to overturn the Israeli champions but expect a tough pair of games.
Here are a selection of the Twitter messages:
A reasonable Champions League draw for #Celtic but important to remember Hapoel Be’er Sheva eliminated Olimpiakos to reach this stage.
— Julian Taylor (@JTaylorSport) August 5, 2016
Happy with that draw. We should be hearing that music at Celtic park again.
— Steven McConnell (@stevenmcconnell) August 5, 2016
Tricky tie for Celtic. Still expect them to get through, but the Beer team, as I shall call them, beat Olympiakos
— Neil Cameron (@NeilCameron5) August 5, 2016
Get a decent victory in the home leg and try no get pumped in Israel and we should be in the champions league #celtic
— Jamie Grant (@JamieGrant67) August 5, 2016
@TheMireCSC2002 this team just put out Olympiacos. It certainly won’t be easy.
— Aidan (@Aidan_Celtic) August 5, 2016
— Charlie McQuade (@Charliemcquade7) August 5, 2016
#Celtic We will take nothing for granted after the last 2 years, but we must now have a decent chance to qualify. Still need quality in MF
— dave glasgow (@glasgowdave57) August 5, 2016
Celtic to play hapoel beer sheva of Israel in #ChampionsLeague playoff. Another tough tie and travel nightmare by the looks of things.
— Marc Moore (@marcmoore13) August 5, 2016
Not a bad draw for Celtic with Hapoel Be’er Sheva, but home first is a negative & rarely confident for Celtic to win in Europe.
— Daniel White (@danwhitepr) August 5, 2016
@Gunnie67 Only conceded 24 goals last season but hopefully turn them over at Celtic Park.Keep the faith ✊🍀
— joseph docherty (@JocamikiJoseph) August 5, 2016
Be’er Sheva have never reached the group stages of Europe’s elite competition but did overcome Olympiacos in the previous round, courtesy of a shock 1-0 aggregate victory over the Greek champions.
Moussa Dembele clinched Celtic a place in qualifying pot after he scored a late winner against Astana on Wednesday night, to secure a 3-2 aggregate victory.
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.
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 reflected on an injury blow ahead of the game against Hearts.