CELTIC are heading into the unknown when the first qualifying round of the Champions League is drawn in Nyon tomorrow morning.

The ballot is scheduled to begin at 11am and Hoops boss Neil Lennon admitted he has not scouted potential opponents.

However, the Irishman is hoping the Parkhead men are handed a home tie as Scotland’s title kings gear up for what they hope will be three one-off ties before the two-legged play-off clash to get to the money-spinning group stages.

Lennon, speaking to the Daily Record, said: “I haven’t had a look. I’ve just been focusing on the players this week and obviously the opposition for the weekend.

“We’ll see what the draw brings. Hopefully, it will be one we can negotiate well.

“It would be great to get the home draw. The
 familiarity with the home draw and the environment – fingers crossed that in a one-legger we get that.”

Twenty-four hours after tomorrow’s draw, the Hoops will learn their possible second round rivals. That ballot on Monday will also be held in Nyon with another 11am start.

The Hoops will play their first Euro tie on either August 18 or 19. The second round qualifier is scheduled for August 25/26.

The third round ballot will be made on August 31 and ties are due on September 15/16 while the outcome of the two-legged play-off will be known on September 1 with first leg ties scheduled for September 22/23 and the return on September 29/30.

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