CELTIC face FOUR qualifying rounds to reach the Champions League group stage – if, of course, they are successful in their quest for a seventh successive title this season.
European football’s ruling body, UEFA, have just announced details of next term’s qualification programme to confirm the extra round that could confront Brendan Rodgers’ men.
The fourth qualifying round means teams will be involved in midweek qualifiers between July 10 and August 29.
UEFA’s blueprint means the four top nations – currently Spain, Italy, Germany and England – get four guaranteed group places.
And, rather than having five places for the ‘Champions Route’, there will now just be four with the Hoops possibly being seeded for each qualifying round.