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Celtic in Europe 2020/21

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Less than 2 months until the Champions League first qualifying round kicks off. All qualifying rounds are to be played over one leg this year until the playoffs.

Celtic's potential first round opponents are:

North Macedonia - Sileks (Abd-2nd)

Armenia - Ararat Armenia (1st) *

Luxembourg - Fola Esch (Abd-1st)

Georgia - Dinamo Tbilisi (1st)

Sweden - Djurgårdens IF (1st)

Montenegro - Buducnost Podgorica (1st)*

Estonia - Flora (1st) 

Belarus - Dynamo Brest (1st)

Latvia - Riga (1st)

Wales - Connah's Quay Nomads (Abd-1st)

Faroe Islands - KÍ Klaksvík (1st)

Gibraltar - Europa (Abd-1st)

Finland - KuPS (1st)

Iceland - KR (1st)

Albania - KF Tirana (1st)*

Malta - Floriana (Abd-1st)

Prelim round winner (Linfield)

 

Obviously we'd be hoping to avoid Djurgårdens and Dinamo Brest. 

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Probably a good idea to avoid Sarajevo just for the potential one leg game being there.

Let’s have a short journey to Wales if we have to travel.

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On 25/06/2020 at 10:21, stressball said:

Probably a good idea to avoid Sarajevo just for the potential one leg game being there.

Let’s have a short journey to Wales if we have to travel.

We won't have to play Sarajevo in the first round sorry, it will be the Armenian champions instead. Unless Kükesi can make an unlikely comeback and win the Albanian Sarajevo will be seeded like us. Now that Alashkert can't win the league, any of the 3 potential Armenian champions will be unseeded. 

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18/08/2020–19/08/2020 First qualifying round
25/08/2020–26/08/2020 Second qualifying round
15/09/2020–16/09/2020 Third qualifying round
22/09/2020–30/09/2020 Play-offs

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Celtic will be seeded for all rounds of qualifying unless Basel win the Swiss League, in which case we would be unseeded for the playoffs and would face Ajax, RB Salzburg Olympiacos or Basel in the final qualification round. Thankfully Basel sit 3rd behind Young Boys and St Gallen for now. 

If Celtic do get to the group stages they will probably be in pot 4 unless Leicester and Lokomotiv Moscow qualify for the Champions League.  And we'd also need to hope Inter and Atalanta get knocked when the unfinished UEFA competitions resume. And to make it more confusing, we have to hope that either the Champions League or Europa League winner is not a domestic champion (although this is more than likely). 

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7 hours ago, Antony said:

Celtic will be seeded for all rounds of qualifying unless Basel win the Swiss League, in which case we would be unseeded for the playoffs and would face Ajax, RB Salzburg Olympiacos or Basel in the final qualification round. Thankfully Basel sit 3rd behind Young Boys and St Gallen for now. 

If Celtic do get to the group stages they will probably be in pot 4 unless Leicester and Lokomotiv Moscow qualify for the Champions League.  And we'd also need to hope Inter and Atalanta get knocked when the unfinished UEFA competitions resume. And to make it more confusing, we have to hope that either the Champions League or Europa League winner is not a domestic champion (although this is more than likely). 

Ajax are likely to go straight into the group stage, unless either Napoli or Olympique Lyon win the CL. As these 2 clubs didn't qualify for the CL via their own leagues, they'd get the title holder spot if they win it. If anyone else wins the CL, Ajax get bumped up to the group stage and will be replaced in the PO round with an extra club from QR3. That would also mean that Celtic would be seeded even if Basel win the Swiss league as Ajax' replacement will have a lower seed than Celtic..

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6 hours ago, Marten said:

Ajax are likely to go straight into the group stage, unless either Napoli or Olympique Lyon win the CL. As these 2 clubs didn't qualify for the CL via their own leagues, they'd get the title holder spot if they win it. If anyone else wins the CL, Ajax get bumped up to the group stage and will be replaced in the PO round with an extra club from QR3. That would also mean that Celtic would be seeded even if Basel win the Swiss league as Ajax' replacement will have a lower seed than Celtic..

Well that's made me look stupid. I've been checking the Swiss League every weekend to make sure Basel don't win the league but it won't actually matter haha. 

If Ajax (and all other top ranked champions for that qualification round) are bumped up to the next round that will create an odd number of teams in the first qualifying round. Or will that just result in a bye for one of the first qualifying round teams?

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46 minutes ago, Antony said:

Well that's made me look stupid. I've been checking the Swiss League every weekend to make sure Basel don't win the league but it won't actually matter haha. 

If Ajax (and all other top ranked champions for that qualification round) are bumped up to the next round that will create an odd number of teams in the first qualifying round. Or will that just result in a bye for one of the first qualifying round teams?

UEFA haven't confirmed that yet, but as the 2019/20 CL final is after the QR2 draw and before the QR3 draw, I guess that the 2 clubs that are meant to start in QR3, Slavia Prague & Olympiakos Piraeus, get bumped up to the PO round. That would also mean both Ludogorets Razgrad & the Swiss champions are seeded in QR3 together with Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb and FK Astana. Remaining unseeded teams would then be Red Star Belgrade, Qarabag FK, Legia Warsaw, Maccabi Tel Aviv & Molde FK (although as the QR3 draw is after QR2 is finished any unseeded teams winning in QR2 would change this).

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6 hours ago, Marten said:

UEFA haven't confirmed that yet, but as the 2019/20 CL final is after the QR2 draw and before the QR3 draw, I guess that the 2 clubs that are meant to start in QR3, Slavia Prague & Olympiakos Piraeus, get bumped up to the PO round. That would also mean both Ludogorets Razgrad & the Swiss champions are seeded in QR3 together with Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb and FK Astana. Remaining unseeded teams would then be Red Star Belgrade, Qarabag FK, Legia Warsaw, Maccabi Tel Aviv & Molde FK (although as the QR3 draw is after QR2 is finished any unseeded teams winning in QR2 would change this).

Yeah that would make sense. Hopefully Basel don't qualify anyway because it would guarantee one of the four teams from the Champions Path in the group stage would have a lower coefficient than Celtic meaning we don't have to rely on Leicester qualifying to get into that pot 3. 

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All quiet in here...

 

Hopefully a comfortable win, maybe 2-0 with not much for the keeper to do and the chance at controlling the tempo so as not to take much out the team for the weekend.

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Would be happy with a non shit the bed performance and any kind of win.

Would love us to start a 3-5-2 but that's not going to happen.

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2 minutes ago, Jim McLean's Ghost said:

2-0. Can safely turn it over to the CL now that a hilarious Celtic defeat is off the table.

It wouldn't be P&B if someone didn't point out that this is also the CL

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