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HOOPS’ EURO D-DAY

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CELTIC will go into the Champions League play-off draw on Monday to see who they play in the final hurdle – IF they overcome Greek title-holders AEK Athens.

The first leg against difficult opponents will be at Parkhead on Wednesday with the return a week later.

Brendan Rodgers’ men will have a crucial Premiership game against Hearts at Tynecastle in between the ties against the Greeks.

With such a tight schedule, UEFA have to make the draws in advance with Young Boys of Berne and PSV Eindhoven the only teams assured of a place in the play-off’s.

Salzburg and Macedonian outfit Shkendija are also in the seeded pot alongside the Hoops.

One team the seven-in-a-row champions will not meet is Astana. After meeting the Kazak outfit in the past two years, they will also be seeded alongside Jozo Simunovic’s former side Dinamo Zagreb.

Astana kocked out Erik Sviatchenko’s Midtylland 2-1 on aggregate last night.

In the unseeded pot are Qarabag/BATE, Young Boys, Malmo/Videoton and Red Star Belgrade/Spartak Trnava.

 
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