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Champions League: Celtic might face Malmo or MOL Vidi in play-off spherical

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Champions League: Celtic might face Malmo or MOL Vidi in play-off spherical

Olivier Ntcham, who scored in Celtic’s 3-1 win over Rosenborg, hopes to get well from an ankle harm to face AEK Athens this week

Celtic will face Swedish aspect Malmo or Hungarian outfit MOL Vidi within the Champions League play-off spherical in the event that they overcome AEK Athens.

The Scottish champions host AEK within the third qualifying spherical on Wednesday earlier than the return in Greece subsequent week.

Celtic have reached the group stage in each Brendan Rodgers’ first two seasons in cost, however have to barter an additional qualifying spherical this time period.

They misplaced 4-Three on combination to Malmo within the play-off spherical in 2015-16.

The Swedish champions, who misplaced the 1979 European Cup ultimate to Nottingham Forest, additionally reached the Champions League group stage within the earlier 2014-15 season.

Vidi – previously generally known as Videoton – have but to achieve that stage of their two Champions League campaigns to this point, falling within the second and third qualifying rounds.

Celtic reached the third qualifying spherical with a 3-1 combination win over Norwegian aspect Rosenborg.

If Celtic progress to the play-off stage, the primary leg will happen on 21/22 August with the return fixture scheduled for 28/29 August.

The winners will qualify for the group stage, with the draw being held in Monaco on Thursday, 30 August.

If Celtic fail to beat AEK Athens, they’ll drop into the Europa League play-off spherical, the place they’d face both Spartaks Jurmala of Latvia or Lithuanian aspect Suduva on 23 and 30 August.

BBC Sport – Football

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