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Scots assigned difficult encounters in Europe

By July 15, 2016No Comments

Celtic could face either Zalgiris Vilnius of Lithuania or Kazakhstan’s Astana after the draw for the third round of Champions League qualifiers was made on Friday.

The Hoops though have to overcome a 1-0 deficit suffered at the hands of Lincoln Red Imps in the first leg of their second round qualifier as Brendan Rodgers’ first match in charge ended in embarrassment.

The Scottish champions have the chance to atone for that defeat in the second leg against the Gibraltarian minnows at Celtic Park on Wednesday though midfielder Stuart Armstrong won’t be taking victory for granted.

Other Scottish sides are in action in the Europa League qualifiers with Hearts, Aberdeen and Hibs all facing tough assignments should they progress to the next round.

Aberdeen, who are in a commanding position against Latvian side Ventspils after a 3-0 first-leg win at Pittodrie, could face Maribor or Levski Sofia with that match goalless in the first leg.

Hearts have been given a difficult tie in the form of Russian side Krasnodar should they beat Birkirkara. The tie is delicately poised after Robbie Neilson’s men held out for a goalless draw in the baking heat of Malta.

While city rivals Hibernian need to overcome a 1-0 defeat to Brondby in the second leg to set up a mouth-watering clash with Bundesliga giants Hertha Berlin. Hibs will be without manager Neil Lennon as he will serve a touchline ban following his dismissal in the first leg.

The Europa League ties will be played on July 28 and August 4.

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