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DUNDALK BOSS ‘NOT INTERESTED’ IN CELTIC SHOWDOWN

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DUNDALK boss Stephen Kenny insists he is not interested in a Champions League showdown with Celtic.

Instead, the former Dunfermline gaffer just wants the draw that will give his team the best chance of reaching the group stage.

After their famous win over Belarusians BATE Borisov, the Irish outfit have the chance of playing the Hoops, the Danes of FC Copenhagen, Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb, Bulgarian title winners Ludogorets Razgrad or Israeli shock squad Hapoel Beer Sheva, who knocked out Greek aces Olympiakos.

Ahead of tomorrow’s draw, Kenny said: “In relation to getting Celtic or anything like that, we’re not really interested in some kind of glamour draw. 

“I’m not interested in getting a ‘name’ just to be part of some occasion. 

“We’re going to be part of plenty of occasions, anyway, because we’ve got a minimum eight European games regardless. 

“What we want is the best opportunity to qualify. We want to be part of the group stages of the Champions League.”

Dundalk officials were locked in talks with UEFA yesterday as to where the play-off round home leg will be played and the Aviva Stadium is not being ruled out.

Kenny said: “I don’t mind where we play. I’d love to see a full Aviva Stadium. I would hope it is there, but we’ll wait and see.”

UEFA inspectors were on site at Tallaght Stadium yesterday, working through a checklist to see if it meets its criteria for the next round.

In the next stage, the Hoops will meet one of the following: Copenhagen, Dinamo Zagreb, Dundalk, Hapoel Beer Sheva or Ludogorets. The draw takes place on Friday.

 
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