Celtic to face FK Sarajevo in Champions League qualifier

Celtic will face FK Sarajevo in the first qualifying round of the Champions League after the draw was made on Tuesday in Nyon, Switzerland.

This is the first time Celtic have ever played a team from the Bosnian and Herzegovinian Premier League in competitive action.

With Celtic facing four two-legged qualifiers, it will be a tough ask for the Scottish champions to qualify for the group stages of the competition - with the club looking to avoid it happening for a second successive season after being knocked out 3-2 on aggregate to AEK Athens last year. Qualification to the Europa League and the last 32 of the competition was scant consolation though.

Sarajevo who are owned by Vincent Tan, who also owns English Championship side Cardiff City, won a domestic league and cup double last season.

In last season’s qualifiers, they defeated Banants of Armenia before being beaten by Italian side Atalanta 10-2 on aggregate.

The first leg will take place on July 9-10 with the return leg played on July 16-17.