Europa League draw made

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Europa League: Qualifying round draws made

Europa League: Qualifying round draws made

Last season's third-placed SPL side were paired with either Northern Irish or Norwegian opposition at the draw for the second qualifying round in Nyon.

"The good thing about the draw is that no matter what team we get,

logistically it won't be a problem," said Saints manager Tommy Wright.

"The fact they both play each other and that Rosenborg are halfway through

their season, it gives us a good chance to get them both watched."

And Saints' fellow Scots Hibernian will take on Drogheda of Ireland or Sweden's Malmo in their tie.

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon said: "Now we've got plenty of opportunities to see both teams a few times and obtain all the relevant info.

"If we can play to our best and produce a committed and controlled performance then I believe we've got a decent chance."

Elsewhere, Northern Ireland's Glentoran play FC Reykjavik of Iceland in the first round, with Standard Liege awaiting the winners, while Linfield will face Skoda Xanthi of Greece in the second round if they can get past Faroe Islanders Fuglafjordur.

FAI Cup winners Derry City go straight into a second-round tie with Trabzonspor of Turkey, while their fellow Airtricity League side St Patrick's Athletic play Lithuanians VMFD Zalgiris for the right to a second-round tie with either FK Teteks of Macedonia or FC Pyunik of Armenia.

Prestatyn Town of Wales will meet Croatia's HNK Rijeka if they beat first-round opponents Liepajas Metalurgs of Latvia, and Bala Town play Levadia Tallinn of Estonia for the right to play Romanian side CS Pandurii Targu Jiu.

The third Welsh team in the draw, Airbus UK, play FK Ventspils of Latvia in the first round and will meet either VĂ­kingur of the Faroes or Finland's Inter Turku if they progress.

First-round ties will be played on July 4 and 11, with second-round ties scheduled for July 18 and 25.

Europa League second qualifying round draw:

BK Hacken v Sparta Prague

Libertas/FK Sarajevo v Flora Tallinn/Kukesi

FC Thun v Chikhura Sachkhere/FC Vaduz

Xanthi v IF Fuglafjordur/Linfield

Hodd v Gandzasar Kapan/Aktobe

Dila Gori v Aalborg

Maccabi Haifa v Sliema Wanderers/Khazar Lenkoran

Hajduk Split v FK Turnovo/ FK Suduva

Airbus UK/Ventspils v Jeunesse Esch/TPS

Domzale/Astra Ploiesti v Omonia Nicosia

FC Tiraspol/Skonto FC v Liberec

Pandurii Targu Jiu v Bala Town/Levadia Tallinn

Slask Wroclaw v Rudar Pljevlja/FC Mika

Drogheda Utd/Malmo FF v Hibernian

Jagodina v Rubin Kazan

Stromsgodset v Debrecen

Petrolul Ploiesti v Vikingur/Inter Turku

Rijeka v Prestatyn Town/Liepajas Metalurgs

VMFD Zalgiris/St Patricks v Teteks/Pyunik

Beroe v Hapoel Tel-Aviv

FC Honka v Lech Poznan

Crvena Zvezda v IBV Vestmannaeyjar/HB Torshavn

Shakhtyor v FC Milsami/F91 Dudelange

Hibernians/Vojvodina v Celik/Budapest Honved

Olimpija Ljubljana v Torpedo Kutaisi/MSK Zilina

IFK Mariehamn/Inter Baku v CM Celje/Tromso

Chornomorets v KS Teuta/FC Dacia

IFK Goteborg v AS Trencin

FC Kruoja/Dinamo Minsk v Lokomotiva Zagreb

KR Reykjavik/Glentoran v Standard Liege

UE Santa Coloma/Zrinjski Mostar v Astana/ Bulgaria No.3

Metalurg Skopje/FK Karabakh v Piast Gliwice

Crusaders/Rosenborg v St Johnstone

Trabzonspor v Derry City

Fiorita/Valletta v FC Minsk

Senica v Mladost Podgorica/Videoton

Anorthosis Famagusta v Trans Narva/Gefle IF

Sturm Graz v Santa Coloma/Breidablik

Levski Sofia/Irtysh v Siroki Brijeg

Laci/FC 03 Differdange v FC Utrecht

Tie to be played 18 and 25 July

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