THE season feels like it’s just ended but already Celtic know who they’re playing in their Champions League qualifying opener.
Ronny Deila’s men have been paired with Icelandic champions Stjarnan who have been struggling this season and who lost again on Monday night at home to Reykjavik to lie eight points off the pace after nine matches.
The Bhoys should qualify with plenty to spare and are 1-10 with McBookie to qualify with the Icemen 11-2.
Paul Petrie, McBookie.com spokesman, said: “Stjarnan beat Motherwell last season but we don’t think they will cause Celtic too many problems.”
McBookie go 5-6 Celtic will make the group stages of the Champions League and they have a decent chance going through the Champions Route and being better prepared than last season.
The Scottish champions begin their campaign at Celtic Park on July 14 or 15 with the second leg a week later.
West Ham start their Europa League campaign against Andorran side FC Lusitans in the first qualifying round.
The Hammers, who qualified for the competition courtesy of their Fair Play record, are away in the 1000-capacity Camp d’Esports d’Aixoval on July 2 for the first leg, with the return leg at Upton Park a week later.
Should the London club progress they would come up against either Malta side Birkirkara or Ulisses Yerevan of Armenia.
St Johnstone face Alashkert of Armenia and the best bet here is that Greg Browning gives it a miss! Aberdeen have an equally unglamorous meeting with Macedonian side Shkendija.
In the draw for the second round of Europa League qualifying Scottish Cup winners Inverness were paired with Astra of Romania.
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