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Champions League play-off draw in full: Celtic discover potential opponents for spot in group stage

Celtic will face Malmo or Vidi for a place in the Champions League group stages should they win their qualifier against AEK Athens.

The Scottish champions, who have already beaten Aleshkert and Rosenborg, will reach the play-off round if they see off Greek side AEK in a tie beginning with Wednesday's first leg at Celtic Park.

They would then play either Malmo - in a repeat of a tie won by the Swedes in 2015 - or Hungarian side Vidi with the prize being a place in the group stage for a third time in four seasons.

Should Celtic get knocked out of the Champions League, they would face a Europa League play-off tie against Spartaks Jurmala or Suduva.

Malmo won 4-3 on aggregate when they faced Celtic three years ago, turning the tie around after losing the first leg in Glasgow 3-2.

The play-off matches will take place on August 21-22 and 28-29, with the draw for the group stages - for which 26 clubs have qualified automatically - behing held on August 30.

Elsewhere in the draw, Dutch side PSV Eindhoven will play Qarabag or BATE Borisov with Swiss outfit Young Boys tackling Astana or Dinamo Zagreb.

Champions League play-off round draw in full

Crvena Zvezda or Spartak Trnava v Salzburg or Shkendija

Qarabag or BATE v PSV

Young Boys v Astana or Dinamon Zagreb

Malmo or Vidi v Celtic or AEK Athens

Benfica or Fenerbahce v PAOK or Spartak Moskva

Standard Liege or Ajax v Slavia Praha or Dynamo Kyiv

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