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Coates is hoping Crues get luck of the draw after Celtic tie ruled out

 

Crusaders captain Colin Coates wants a "winnable tie" when the Champions League draw is made today in Nyon, Switzerland.

The Crues, however, will not face Celtic in the first qualifying round after the sides were separated into different pots.

Stephen Baxter's men will face either a reunion with Norway's Rosenborg or tough tests against Bulgaria's Ludogorets Razgrad, Poland's Legia Warsaw, Malmo of Sweden or Finland's HJK Helsinki.

The bonus for the Crues is that they are guaranteed at least four European ties as losing sides in the Champions League qualifiers will drop into Europa League qualifying rounds.

"It's a bit disappointing Celtic aren't possible opponents for us as it would have been a lucrative tie with the possibility of additional television money, but if we can't get a glamour tie you want a game that gives you a chance of winning," said Coates ahead of the draw, which will take place at 11am from the Fifa headquarters.

"We have been to Rosenborg twice and don't want them again. You want to experience something different."

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