Scott Brown: “The Champions League is huge for this club and we deserve to be in it.”
Celtic will face a visit to Japanese Europe or Malta of their opening Champions League qualifier after UEFA confirmed the groupings for Tuesday’s first-round draw.
The seeded Scottish champions have been instructed they’ll face both Malta’s Valletta, Bosnian league winners FK Sarajevo, FK Sutjeska Niksic of Montenegro, Albanian’s Partizani or Saburtalo of Georgia.
It means there will probably be no repeat of 2017’s controversial journey to Linfield, when striker Leigh Griffiths was focused with a bottle thrown from the house assist in Belfast.
The draw takes place at midday UK time in Nyon, Switzerland and will probably be adopted by the draw for spherical two.
The Hoops – who solely rounded off their historic triple treble marketing campaign towards Hearts at Hampden 23 days in the past – are due again in motion on July 9 or 10 for the primary leg.
Celtic captain Scott Brown is wanting ahead to the problem of a brand new Champions League marketing campaign.
“The Champions League is huge for this club and we deserve to be in it,” Brown mentioned.
“However now we have to ensure we’re in it. We have to do the exhausting work earlier than we will get there.
“There’s been numerous discuss over the previous few months about increasing the Champions League however – because it stands – we have got to do what we have got to do and for us it means early video games.
“We have to be up to scratch but I suppose it means less running in pre-season because we’re straight into the games. So you’ve got to think about it both ways.”