Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Rangers Learn Opposition For Europa League First Qualifying Round

Rangers Learn Opposition For Europa League First Qualifying Round

Dundalk will face Norwegian champions Rosenborg in the second qualifying round of the Champions League after the draw was made at UEFA headquarters in Nyon this morning.

Clubs can not draw teams from the same country and will also be separated into seeds for the first round, decided by UEFA's co-efficient rankings established at the start of the season.

The Scottish giants will be expected to make short work of the club from the tiny European nation to reach the second round, with their opponents for that stage to be confirmed later today.

Treble-winning Celtic are seeded in the second qualifying stage of the Champions League and could face teams from Ireland or Wales, or a nightmare road trip to Georgia or Armenia to face Samtredia or Alashkert.

The Champions League draw takes place at 11:00 BST, with the Europa League draw to follow at 12:00 BST.

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The Europa League's first round ties will take place on June 29 and July 6.

Should any or all of the Irish sides progress, they could conceivably come up against sides entering the competition in the second round, including Galatasaray, Brøndby, Utrecht and Aberdeen.

Therefore, Celtic, BATE Borisov (who they beat last season), Rosenborg, Hapoel Beer Sheva and Legia Warsaw (who they lost out to last year) are among the opponents the Lilywhites could face.

They are St Johnstone and Rangers from Scotland, Crusaders, Coleraine and Ballymena United from Northern Ireland, as well as Ireland's Shamrock Rovers, Cork City and Derry City.

The draws get underway at 12pm.

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