Pathway to Europe

After Celtic have visited Iceland for the second year running, they will know who they face in the Champions League qualifiers next. Assuming of course that they complete the job against Stjarnan on Wednesday.

If they negotiate that game safely, they will play either Qarabağ of Azerbaijan or FK Rudar of Montenegro. That tie currently stands at 0-0 so no clear winner as yet.

Qarabağ appear to be of better pedigree with more experience in Europe. Rudar on the other hand lack a reasonable history in European competition.

Regardless, both would be tricky. Unknown quantities have tripped Celtic up in the past.

However, finishing off Stjarnan remains the primary objective. It was no disaster on Wednesday night but Celtic could have finished that one-off at home and made a few changes going into this second leg.

So the job at hand is no slip ups in Iceland. Just before that though there is a friendly encounter this evening with La Liga side Eibar.

Ronny Deila and the squad have travelled to the Basque region as part of their summer schedule. Although the competitive season is under way, this meeting offers another chance for players to build up their match fitness.

Tonight’s result isn’t of great importance. Getting into the next round of the Champions League qualifiers on Wednesday is.

Hail! Hail!

Stevie Mac

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