Celtic must face Swedes Malmo or Hungarian side Vidi for a place in the Champions League group stages if they beat AEK Athens in latest qualifier
- The Champions League draw has shown Celtic their path to the group stages
- If they beat AEK Athens the Scottish giants must face either Malmo or Vidi next
- Swedish outfit Malmo knocked Celtic out of the Champions League in 2015
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 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.
Michael Heselschwerdt, UEFA head of club competition, at Monday’s Champions League draw
Celtic, who started the defence of their domestic title by beating Livingston 3-1 on Saturday, began their Champions League journey on July 10 — five days before the World Cup final.
A 3-0 away victory against Armenian champions Alashkert was followed by a win by the same scoreline in Glasgow eight days later.
Two goals from Odsonne Edouard then helped Celtic beat Norwegian giants Rosenborg 3-1 on home soil, before grinding out a 0-0 draw in the away leg.
Malmo have beaten Kosovo’s FC Drita and Romanian outfit Cluj so far, while Vidi saw off Luxembourg’s F91 Dudelange and Bulgaria’s Ludogorets Razgrad.
The draw saw Celtic handed a play-off clash with Malmo or Vidi if they first beat AEK Athens