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Celtic set for Ireland in Europa League should they slip to Champions League exit

By Gareth Hanna

Celtic will play a Europa League tie in Ireland if they slip to a Champions League exit.

Brendan Rodgers side are due to take on Rosenborg in the second qualifying round of Europe's top club tournament but if they lose, they will take on Cork City in the Europa League.

Cork, who received a bye into the third qualifying round after their Champions League exit, have been drawn to face the losers of the tie at home on August 9 and away on August 16.

Celtic face the Norwegian champions at home on Wednesday and away a week later on August 1. Celtic beat Rosenborg 1-0 on aggregate in the third qualifying round last season.

Should they safely progress this term, they will be rewarded with a Champions League third qualifying round tie against AEK Athens. The opponents won the Superleague Greece last season for the first time in 24 years, bouncing back from a self-relegation in 2013 as the club opted to drop down to Football League 2 after being docked points following a pitch invasion.

Celtic secured their place in the second round when they beat Alashkert 6-0 on aggregate.

Europa League third qualifying round draw in full

Champions Path - Champions League ties in bold. Losers will enter Europa League.

Ludogorets Razgrad (BUL)/Vidi (HUN) v Zrinjski (BIH)/Valletta (MLT)

Legia Warszawa (POL)/Spartak Trnava (SVK) v F91 Dudelange (LUX)/Drita (KOS)

Sutjeska (MNE)/Alashkert (ARM) v CFR Cluj (ROU) v Malmö (SWE)

Olimpija Ljubljana (SVN) v Crusaders (NIR) v BATE Borisov (BLR)/HJK Helsinki (FIN)

Shkëndija (MKD)/Sheriff (MDA) v FC Santa Coloma (AND)/Valur Reykjavík (ISL)

Cork City (IRL) v Celtic (SCO)/Rosenborg (NOR)

Spartaks Jūrmala (LVA)/La Fiorita (SMR) v Red Star Belgrade (SRB)/Sūduva (LTU)

The New Saints (WAL)/Lincoln Red Imps (GIB) v Astana (KAZ)/Midtjylland (DEN)

Dinamo Zagreb (CRO)/Hapoel Beer-Sheva (ISR) v APOEL (CYP)/Flora Tallinn (EST)

Torpedo Kutaisi (GEO)/Víkingur (FRO) v Kukës (ALB)/Qarabağ (AZE)

Main Path - Champions League ties in bold. Losers will enter Europa League.

Tobol Kostanay (KAZ) or Pyunik (ARM) vs Maccabi Tel-Aviv (ISR) or Radnicki Niš (SRB)

Zorya Luhansk (UKR) vs Braga (POR)

Hibernian (SCO) or Asteras Tripolis (GRE) vs Molde (NOR) or Laç (ALB)

Djurgården (SWE) or Mariupol (UKR) vs Ventspils (LVA) or Bordeaux (FRA)

Dunajská Streda (SVK) or Dinamo Minsk (BLR) vs Zenit (RUS)

Hapoel Haifa (ISR) or FH Hafnarfjördur (ISL) vs Atalanta (ITA) or Sarajevo (BIH)

Hajduk Split (CRO) or Slavia Sofia (BUL) vs Rudar Velenje (SVN) or FCSB (ROU)

CSKA-Sofia (BUL) or Admira Wacker Mödling (AUT) vs Stjarnan (ISL) or København (DEN)

Ajax (NED) or Sturm Graz (AUT) vs Dundalk (IRL) or AEK Larnaca (CYP)

Genk (BEL) or Fola Esch (LUX) vs Shakhtyor Soligorsk (BLR) or Lech Poznań (POL)

Sevilla (ESP) or Újpest (HUN) vs Žalgiris Vilnius (LTU) or Vaduz (LIE)

Olympiacos (GRE) vs Luzern (SUI)

St. Gallen (SUI) or Sarpsborg (NOR) vs HNK Rijeka (CRO)

Viitorul (ROU) or Vitesse (NED) vs PAOK (GRE) or Basel (SUI)

Sigma Olomouc (CZE) or Kairat Almaty (KAZ) or AZ Alkmaar (NED)

Osijek (CRO) or Rangers (SCO) vs Chikhura Sachkhere (GEO) or Maribor (SVN)

Istanbul Başakşehir (TUR) vs Aberdeen (SCO) or Burnley (ENG)

Nordsjælland (DEN) or AIK (SWE) vs Partizan (SRB) or Trakai (LTU)

Balzan (MLT) or Slovan Bratislava (SVK) vs Rapid Wien (AUT)

Górnik Zabrze (POL) or Trenčín (SVK) vs Feyenoord (NED)

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