Celtic set to tackle Elfsborg

Celtic face a Champions League qualifier against Sweden's Elfsborg if they complete victory over Cliftonville.

Last Updated: 19/07/13 at 14:10 Post Comment

Celtic won 3-0 at Cliftonville in the first leg of their second-round tie

Celtic won 3-0 at Cliftonville in the first leg of their second-round tie

Neil Lennon's side were paired with the Swedish champions or Latvians FC Daugava in the draw for the competition's third qualifying round.

Elfsborg hold a 7-1 first-leg lead in their second-round tie with Daugava, while Celtic will defend a 3-0 lead over Cliftonville in Glasgow next week.

If the Scottish champions come through unscathed they will host Elfsborg on July 30/31 before travelling to Scandinavia a week later.

Elsewhere, the draw threw up the prospect of a Welsh-Irish meeting between The New Saints and Sligo Rovers, but both must overturn second-round deficits for that to happen.

Sligo were beaten 1-0 at home by Molde in the first leg of their tie, while Legia Warsaw left north Wales with a 3-1 lead.

Champions League qualifying is split into two competitions, one for league winners and another for teams that finished second, third or fourth last season.

Teams progressing through the third qualifying round will then play a final qualifier, with five teams from each competition entering at the group stage in September.

Full third-round qualifying draw:

LEAGUE ROUTE

Nordsjaelland v Zenit St Petersburg

Salzburg v Fenerbahce

PAOK v Metalist Kharkiv

PSV Eindhoven v Zulte Waregem

Lyon v Grasshoppers

CHAMPIONS ROUTE

Basel v Gyori/Maccabi Tel Aviv

Sligo Rovers/Molde v The New Saints/Legia Warsaw

Slovan Bratislava/Ludogorets Razgrad v Shirak/FK Partizan

Dinamo Tbilisi/EB/Streymur v FC Steaua Bucharest/Vardar

APOEL v Birkirkara/Maribor

Celtic/Cliftonville v Elfsborg/FC Daugava

BATE Borisov/Shakhter Karagandy v Neftci/Skenderbeu

Austria Vienna v Ekranas/Hafnarfjordur

HJK Helsinki/Nomme Kalju v Viktoria Plzen/Zeljeznicar

Fola Esch/Dinamo Zagreb v Sheriff/Sutjeska

Games to be played 30/31 July, and 6/7 August

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