Champions League draw: Linfield to face Norwegian champions as Celtic take on Sarajevo in first qualifying round
Linfield will take on Norwegian champions Rosenborg and former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner in the first qualifying round of the Champions League.
The Norwegians, who have won four consecutive league titles, played in the group stages of last season's Europa League. Their impressive results included a group stage draw at home to German side Red Bull Leipzig while they have also held Celtic to two 0-0 draws in the Champions League qualifiers over the past two seasons.
The most notable player in the Rosenborg squad is ex-Arsenal and Juventus forward Nicklas Bendtner, although he is unlikely to play against the Blues.
Rosenborg are currently in the midst of the Norwegian league season, which runs from March until November.
Linfield and Rosenborg last met in 2010, when the Blues held their opponents to a 0-0 draw at Windsor Park before losing out 2-0 away from home.
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Meanwhile, Celtic will face Bosnia and Herzegovinia's FK Sarajevo, as Irish champions take on Latvian side Riga FC.
Linfield, Celtic and Dundalk will all be at home in the first leg on either the 9th or 10th July with the return legs to be played on July 16/17.
The defeated teams will enter the Europa League second qualifying round, with the exception of the losers of Celtic's tie, who go directly into the third qualifying round of the Europa League.
Meanwhile, former Glentoran forward Jonathan Smith has left Linfield are only one season at Windsor Park.
Europa League first qualifying round draw in full
Nomme Kalju FC v KF Shkendija
FK Suduva v FK Crvena Zvezda (Red Star)
Ararat-Armenia v AIK
FC Astana v CFR 1907 Cluj
Ludogorets 1945 v Ferencvaros
FK Partizani v Qarabag FK
SK Slovan Bratislava v FK Sudjeska
Celtic FC v FK Sarajevo
FC Sheriff Tiraspol v Saburtalo
F91 Dudelange v Valletta
Linfield FC v Rosenborg BK
Valur Reykjavik v NK Maribor
Dundalk v Riga FC
The New Saints FC v Winners of the preliminary round
HJK Helsinki v HB Torshavn
BATE Borisov v Piast Gliwice
The draw is scheduled to take place at 1.30pm and we'll keep you fully up to date right here: