Celtic set for Armenian adventure as Champions League campaign begins
Celtic will begin their marathon quest to qualify for the Champions League group stages with a trip to Armenia to face FC Alashkert.
The Hoops revealed the tie on their official Twitter account a short time ago after the draw which took place in Nyon.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) June 19, 2018
The Hoops will be away in the first tie, which is set to be played on the 10th or 11th of July, with the second leg set to take place a week later.
The draws haven’t finished yet for the Bhoys though, as they will find out their possible second round opponents in a second draw to be made later on Tuesday.
Football Insider verdict
The Hoops will be favourites to get through this tie, and make it into round two of the qualifying process of the Champions League. But Brendan Rodgers won’t be taking any chances in the first round of what is potentially four, as he won’t need reminding of the Hoops’ defeat against Lincoln Red Imps a few seasons ago. Interestingly, if Rodgers wants to know the kind of football the Armenians will play, he only needs to ask St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright, as Alshkert defeated the Perth side on the away goals rule in the Europa League in 2015. Added in to the fact the likes of Mikael Lustig and Tom Rogic will miss the game due to the World Cup, then this could potentially be a tricky tie for the Hoops. The Bhoys should have the experience and the players to get the victory and move on to the second round though, but it might not be easy.
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