Celtic facing potential repeat of nerve-shredding Champions League qualifier
Celtic could be paired against Norwegian champions Rosenborg in the Champions League qualifiers for the second season in a row.
If the Hoops defeat Armenian champions Alaskert in the first round of the qualifiers, they will face either Rosenborg or Icelandic champions Valur Reykjavik.
The draw was made a short time ago in Nyon and was revealed on the official Champions League Twitter page.
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) June 19, 2018
Similar to last season’s tie, the Hoops will be at home in the first leg, should they reach the second round.
The matches between the teams last season were extremely tight, with a James Forrest goal in Norway sending the Hoops through after a goalless draw at Celtic Park.
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The matches between the sides were very close last season, but Brendan Rodgers will have hoped that the Hoops have got better since then. One reason that the matches were so close was because of some severe injury problems the Hoops had, and Rodgers will be hoping to avoid those this season. The Champions League qualifying process is a hard slog though, and Rodgers will know how tough the potential games against Rosenborg will be. The Hoops are possibly a better team than this time last season, but there is the problem that Rosenborg are well into their league, whilst the Hoops have yet to kick a ball in competitive action. It seems like the ideal game for record-breaking signing Odsonne Edouard to make a big impact in, as he was still a PSG player during the Hoops’ qualifiers last season. The likes of Moussa Dembele and James Forrest are also more than capable of showing the craft and guile that can get the Hoops into the next round.
In other Celtic news, John Hartson has some advice for Odsonne Edouard